Britain gets .UK domain name

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Businesses and individuals can register .UK domain names from today.

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Web registrar Nominet announced the launch with the world’s largest welcome sign unveiled at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Nominet said that QI host Stephen Fry was the first person to launch a site with the suffix.

“The new .uk is for people who want a short, memorable domain in the UK’s favorite namespace, and we’ve found this new domain also has more appeal amongst our tech-savvy, digitally-engaged population,” said Eleanor Bradley, COO of Nominet.

“When asked if they wanted .uk to be an option alongside. co.uk, 72% of businesses questioned said yes. The UK is the world’s most internet-based major economy and it’s certainly one of the most active and fast-changing too – 67% of our current registrations are less than five years old.”

Nominet said domains that are not already taken will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a charge of £3.50 for a single year and £2.50 per year if multiple years are registered – the same price as the existing .co.uk domains.

Stuart O’Connor