Weekly Launch Guide March 2, 2020


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Premium Release for .ME Domains

The .me registry will release their premium domain inventory to the primary registrar channel beginning March 4, 2020. This newly available list of domains includes nearly 3,000 domains separated into 11 different pricing tiers. The list contains many sought after 1 and 2 character domains. Domains still listed with a reserve status after the release will be available for application using the current premium application process. This process requires a live site and intended use statements in the application. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner

Top-Level .ar Domain Launch Delayed

The registry for .ar domains, NIC.AR, announced the postponement of General Availability for the launch of top-level .ar. The registry experienced technical issues processing payments for the recently concluded Limited Registration phase’s applications. The Limited Registration phase remains closed. The phase ended January 27, 2020. No dates of when General Availability would resume were announced, but the registry believes the postponement may last over a month. CSC is working closely with our partners in the region for the latest updates. CSC will communicate these updates as new information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Compare and Select Your New Domains

Neustar registry announced plans to launch two previously closed gTLDs, .compare and .select. Both TLDs will include a Sunrise phase for trademark holders beginning April 6, 2020. The TLD will then release for General Availability on May 6, 2020. CSC is still collecting launch details and requirements. Additional information will be communicated as it becomes available. Please contact your Client Service Partner if you are interested in either launch.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.








Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
Sunrise Registration Phase
.cat (Priority 3 – 1&2 characters) 20-Jan-2020 27-Feb-2020 No Fundacio puntCAT
General Availability
.cat (1&2 characters) 2-Mar-2020 N/A Yes Fundacio puntCAT
Premium Name Release
.me 4-Mar-2020 N/A Yes Government of Montenegro

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.