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Trademark owners have the right to claim a domain name with a new extension before it becomes available to the public. This must be done during the mandatory sunrise period (of at least 30 days). So, during this period, Apple has the right to register apple.shop before everyone else. If trademark owners do not use this privilege, the domain name becomes available for registration by Internet uses across the globe.
Are you a trademark owner? Before the Sunrise period begins, you need to register via the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Otherwise, you will not be allowed to claim domain names as a trademark owner during the Sunrise period! Combell is an official agent and handles the entire registration and follow-up process. Find out more information about the Trademark Clearinghouse here or contact our domains specialists for further information.
The GoLive period (also called landrush or general availability period) is the period following the sunrise. This is a period after which the remaining domain names will be available for registration on a first come, first served basis. Obviously, certain restrictions will still apply to some domain extensions: .bank domain names, for instance, will only be available for registration by international financial institutions. You will find all the requirements and restrictions per extension on our website.
ICANN is the organisation that manages the root servers of the Internet. ICANN stands for "Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers" and is headquartered in the United States. ICANN is also responsible for assigning the new extensions to the various applicants and checking if the technical infrastructure of the domain extension managers meets all the requirements.
ICANN's purpose is to offer more possibilities to Internet users. With the new extensions, they also hope to increase the use of the Internet in less developed countries. In addition, there are also many domain extensions in non-ASCII characters, like Chinese or Cyrillic. The purpose of this is to encourage the use of the Internet in growth markets. ICANN also attaches much importance to communities. ICANN wants to gather people together (on a worldwide basis) who share a certain culture, sport, interest or ideology.
This means that no restrictions apply to the registration of the domain name. So, you can e.g. perfectly register a .amsterdam domain name even if you live in Paris. We try to provide this information as clearly as possible on our website and let you know when updates are available.
This depends from the restrictions that apply to the domain name extension in question. On our pre-registration website, you will be able to clearly see if any restrictions apply to the registration of a domain extension.
Due to the limited number of extensions, the Internet is gradually becoming saturated. It is now pretty much impossible to find a short and interesting .com domain name available for registration. With the launch of the new extensions, millions of new domain name combinations have been created. In addition, there are now many local extensions, such as .paris, .london or .amsterdam, or sector extensions, like .law, .management or .autos, which will probably better reflect your core business than a .be or .com domain name.
About 2,000 extensions have been requested. Among those are many duplicate applications as well as applications for trademark extensions like .nike or .google. But these companies will use their domain names for themselves and will not allow public registration.
On the Combell website, you will find the most comprehensive overview of all available extensions, with no or little restrictions. This concerns about 800 top-level domain names that will be available for public registration.