The .gent domain extension will see the light of day in 2014

Combell will soon be in charge of the management of the .gent domain extension, with the support of the city of Ghent. This means that domain names such as, and will finally be available for registration. ICANN held a prioritization draw, through which it was decided that the .gent domain extension will see the light of day in the first quarter of 2014. Thus, it will most probably be the first new Belgian gTLD.

On Monday 17 December, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) organised a prioritization draw in Los Angeles. Each applicant for a domain extension had the possibility to participate in the draw, the purpose of which was to assign priority numbers to all new gTLD applications. All IDN domain extensions (extensions containing irregular characters) were prioritized. There were 1917 participants and fate decided that .gent would rank 1021st. Concretely, this means that, according to the current plans, the first .gent domain names will be available for registration as of the first quarter of 2014.

Priority numbers for other domain extensions are now clear too:

.gent: 1021
.brussels: 1518
.vlaanderen: 1416
.amsterdam: 1165

You can find a complete list of all the domain extension applications on ICANN’s website.

"Now that a concrete start date has been set, we will soon launch our campaign to make people, organisations and companies in the area of Ghent discover .gent", says Combell’s CEO Jonas Dhaenens. "In the meantime, many citizens of Ghent already showed interest in claiming their .gent domain name. We are really looking forward to get the ball rolling."

For more information about .gent, please visit the Dot Gent website.