Weekly Launch Guide November 4, 2019


EURid Begins Final Phase Out of Greek IDN

Eurid, the registry for .eu domains, announced two corresponding moves relating to Greek IDNs. IDN.eu domains with Greek characters will be phased out of existence, while the registry also launches a entirely Greek IDN extension, .ευ (.xn--qxa6a). This action follows a similar phase out of Cyrillic IDN.eu domains that began in 2016 and completed June 2019. Starting November 14, 2019, .ευ domains will be available for registration to the general public in a first-come, first serve release. The new extension will follow the standard regulations of .eu domains. Registrations for this new IDN.IDN version of eu will only allow the use of Greek characters. At the same time as the launch of .ευ, the registry will begin a 3 year Script Adjustment Phase to eliminate existing Greek IDN.eu domains. EURid will fully enforce the basic rule that the second level script must match the top-level script. The registry will clone existing Greek IDN.eu domains to the corresponding Greek IDN.IDN version of the domain and reserve the domain for registration by the current registrant. After November 13, 2022, .ευ domains not registered by the Registrant for which the domain was reserved will be released for registration by any eligible registrant. Please contact your Client Service Partner for more information.

Dot Cat Makes 1 and 2 Character Domains Available

Fundacio puntCAT announced the release of 1 and 2 character .cat domains starting October 28, 2019. The release will go through three priority phases before being available for general registrations. The first priority is for entity members of the Board of the puntCAT Foundation and entities that supported the launch of the .cat domain. This priority can submit applications from October 28, 2019, until December 8, 2019. From December 9, 2019, until January 19, 2020, registrations will be open to the Public Administrations and entities of the Catalan-speaking territories. Trademark holders will able to register domains in the 3rd priority phase from January 20, 2020, through March 1, 2020. Any domains still available after these priorities will be available to the general public starting March 2, 2020. An application process requires intended use statements. The registry is not allowing domains to be registered for defensive purposes; the domains are not for brand protection, and must be used. The DNS must resolve and the website must have content. Applications will be reviewed and domain names allocated at the discretion of the registry. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

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
.Bond 17-Oct-2019 14-Nov-2019 Yes Shortdot SA.
Limited Registration Phase
.Rugby 17-Jan-2018 31-Oct-2019 Yes World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited
.Rugby 5-Nov-2019 4-Nov-2020 Yes World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited
.AR 9-Nov-2019 23-Jan-2020 No Argentinian Registry 
Early Access Phase
.Bond 19-Nov-2019 21-Nov-2019 Yes Shortdot SA.
Sunrise Registration Phase (Release of Blocked names)
.Vegas 1-Aug-2019 29-Oct-2019 Yes Dot Vegas, Inc.
1 & 2 Character Release
.cat 28-Oct-2019 5-Dec-2019 No Fundacio puntCAT
General Availability
.Bond 26-Nov-2019 N/A Yes ShortDot SA

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