DotAirtel, DotOrange among internet domains delegated by ICANN

As part of its programme to expand the generic Top-Level Domains (e.g. .COM, .ORG, .NET) in the Domain Name System, the body in charge of global internet has now delegated over 1,300 new names (or “strings”) which could soon become available for users.

After completing the New gTLD Program, a new gTLD becomes part of the Internet when it is delegated, meaning that it is then introduced into the internet’s authoritative database, known as the Root Zone. Delegation is occurring on a rolling basis.

Most of the domains already delegated are names associated with leading global corporations and their brands. Among these are .NIKE, .MITSUBISHI, .FUJITSU, .LEGO, .DUNLOP, .AIRBUS, .GOODYEAR, .DUPONT, .ERICSSON, .KINDLE, .DHL, .PIONEER, .AGAKHAN and .WEIBO.

Of interest to Africa’s telecom’s industry will be news that .Orange (dotOrange) and .Airtel (dotAirtel) are among the strings already delegated, with Airtel being the first to be delegated on July 8 last year followed a day later by Orange on July 9. This means that the two firms – Bharti Airtel and France Telecom Orange – could soon have their own domains unlike the current situation where they still rely on use ‘.com’ or country specific domains where they operate.

Below is the list of already the delegated from January till now:

Delegated Strings

DATE STRING
9 July 2016 SES
9 July 2016 NIKE
7 July 2016 XFINITY
7 July 2016 MITSUBISHI
7 July 2016 COMCAST
7 July 2016 GODADDY
7 July 2016 FUJITSU
6 July 2016 MIT
2 July 2016 SHANGRILA
2 July 2016 ZIPPO
2 July 2016 xn--5su34j936bgsg (香格里拉, “Shangri-La”, /xianggelila/)
2 July 2016 CBRE
1 July 2016 IKANO
1 July 2016 PNC
25 June 2016 FARMERS
25 June 2016 FEDEX
23 June 2016 POLITIE
23 June 2016 ART
23 June 2016 NFL
23 June 2016 WOODSIDE
23 June 2016 TRAVELCHANNEL
23 June 2016 HGTV
23 June 2016 FRONTDOOR
23 June 2016 FOODNETWORK
23 June 2016 COOKINGCHANNEL
22 June 2016 ORIENTEXPRESS
21 June 2016 ANZ
21 June 2016 ITV
21 June 2016 BLANCO
21 June 2016 SHOPPING
21 June 2016 ABLE
16 June 2016 CAM
16 June 2016 LEGO
10 June 2016 ALSTOM
10 June 2016 DUNLOP
10 June 2016 AIRBUS
10 June 2016 GOODYEAR
10 June 2016 KOSHER
10 June 2016 DUPONT
10 June 2016 ERICSSON
7 June 2016 SAVE
7 June 2016 PRIME
7 June 2016 DEAL
7 June 2016 EPOST
7 June 2016 NOW
7 June 2016 CHINTAI
7 June 2016 FIRE
7 June 2016 KINDLE
7 June 2016 SILK
7 June 2016 IMDB
7 June 2016 AUDIBLE
7 June 2016 TDK
2 June 2016 DHL
2 June 2016 HISAMITSU
2 June 2016 GAMES
2 June 2016 PIONEER
2 June 2016 ZAPPOS
31 May 2016 UPS
28 May 2016 MATTEL
28 May 2016 NETFLIX
27 May 2016 OTT
27 May 2016 LOCKER
27 May 2016 DTV
27 May 2016 OLLO
25 May 2016 MLB
23 May 2016 REALESTATE
23 May 2016 SHOP
20 May 2016 AETNA
18 May 2016 DOT
18 May 2016 BLOG
16 May 2016 xn--w4rs40l (嘉里, “Kerry”, /jia li/)
13 May 2016 GUARDIAN
12 May 2016 HKT
11 May 2016 RICHARDLI
11 May 2016 PCCW
11 May 2016 DDS
11 May 2016 NOWTV
11 May 2016 METLIFE
11 May 2016 xn--fzys8d69uvgm (電訊盈科, “PCCW”, /dianxun yingke/)
10 May 2016 FLIR
6 May 2016 OLAYANGROUP
3 May 2016 xn--mgba7c0bbn0a (العليان, “Olayan”, /al-alian/)
3 May 2016 LIPSY
3 May 2016 OLAYAN
3 May 2016 NEXTDIRECT
3 May 2016 WARMAN
3 May 2016 NEXT
20 April 2016 MLS
20 April 2016 PROGRESSIVE
17 April 2016 FTR
17 April 2016 xn--5tzm5g (网站, “website”, /wangzhan/)
16 April 2016 STATEBANK
16 April 2016 SBI
16 April 2016 AGAKHAN
16 April 2016 ISMAILI
16 April 2016 AKDN
16 April 2016 IMAMAT
13 April 2016 TEVA
8 April 2016 JNJ
8 April 2016 BABY
6 April 2016 VIG
6 April 2016 xn--9krt00a (微博, “Weibo”, /weibo/)
6 April 2016 WEIBO
6 April 2016 ABUDHABI
6 April 2016 xn--mgbca7dzdo (ابوظبي, “Abu Dhabi”, /abu thabi/)
6 April 2016 ABBVIE
6 April 2016 NORTHWESTERNMUTUAL
4 April 2016 KPMG
4 April 2016 MUTUAL
2 April 2016 HTC
30 March 2016 JCP
30 March 2016 YUN
30 March 2016 SHOUJI
30 March 2016 NISSAY
30 March 2016 SINA
30 March 2016 XIHUAN
30 March 2016 ANQUAN
25 March 2016 TALK
25 March 2016 AWS
25 March 2016 YOU
25 March 2016 xn--fct429k (家電, “consumer electronics”, /kaden/)
25 March 2016 EXTRASPACE
24 March 2016 ALLY
24 March 2016 BAREFOOT
22 March 2016 GALLO
22 March 2016 SHAW
18 March 2016 STREAM
9 March 2016 LOCUS
9 March 2016 GMBH
9 March 2016 AVIANCA
9 March 2016 BCG
9 March 2016 TOTAL
5 March 2016 KERRYPROPERTIES
5 March 2016 KERRYLOGISTICS
5 March 2016 KUOKGROUP
5 March 2016 xn--w4r85el8fhu5dnra (嘉里大酒店, “Kerry Hotels”, /jia li da jiudian/)
5 March 2016 KERRYHOTELS
2 March 2016 VUELOS
2 March 2016 PASSAGENS
27 February 2016 JPMORGAN
27 February 2016 CHASE
25 February 2016 TELECITY
25 February 2016 TUNES
24 February 2016 SONG
22 February 2016 STORE
22 February 2016 xn--jvr189m (食品, “food”, /shokuhin/)
22 February 2016 VIKING
21 February 2016 xn--bck1b9a5dre4c (ファッション, “fashion”, /fasshon/)
19 February 2016 xn--rovu88b (書籍, “book”, /shoseki/)
19 February 2016 SPOT
19 February 2016 xn--1ck2e1b (セール, “sale”, /seru/)
19 February 2016 xn--cck2b3b (ストア, “store”, /sutoa/)
19 February 2016 xn--gckr3f0f (クラウド, “cloud”, /kuraudo/)
19 February 2016 COUPON
13 February 2016 YAHOO
13 February 2016 TVS
13 February 2016 FLICKR
11 February 2016 GALLUP
11 February 2016 HDFCBANK
11 February 2016 PWC
11 February 2016 WOLTERSKLUWER
11 February 2016 NATURA
6 February 2016 FRONTIER
6 February 2016 QUEST
6 February 2016 xn--8y0a063a (联通, “Unicom”, /liantong/)
4 February 2016 UNICOM
29 January 2016 DELOITTE
28 January 2016 WEATHERCHANNEL
28 January 2016 NIKON
26 January 2016 LANXESS
26 January 2016 HELSINKI
26 January 2016 HEALTH
26 January 2016 ADAC
21 January 2016 PAMPEREDCHEF
21 January 2016 EDEKA
21 January 2016 TAOBAO
21 January 2016 TMALL
21 January 2016 TIFFANY
19 January 2016 LIFEINSURANCE
16 January 2016 xn--g2xx48c (购物, “shopping”, /gouwu/)
16 January 2016 ALIPAY
16 January 2016 ALIBABA
16 January 2016 SOFTBANK
15 January 2016 COMPARE
15 January 2016 SKIN
15 January 2016 ISELECT
15 January 2016 MAKEUP
15 January 2016 SELECT
12 January 2016 WEATHER
11 January 2016 TUBE
9 January 2016 FRESENIUS
9 January 2016 VOLKSWAGEN
7 January 2016 DUBAI
5 January 2016 BAIDU

For the complete list of the delegated TLDs, go to ICANN’s new gTLD page.