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SIDN Launches Numerical Domain Names

November 1, 2007; 10:00 AM
Arnhem -- SIDN, the .nl registry, will launch numerical .nl domain names at the end of January 2008. A numerical domain name is a domain name that consists exclusively of digits (e.g. or of a combination of digits and a hyphen (e.g. From 1 till 14 December SIDN will organize a sunrise for the holders of registered Benelux and Community trademarks and of trade names. During this period they can pre-register the .nl numerical domain name that corresponds to their right.

Starting today all information concerning the sunrise will be published on the SIDN website All information with regards to i.e. the terms and conditions, the sunrise process, and who is eligible to apply may be found there. We have decided to launch .nl numeric domain names using a sunrise process, to avoid abusive registrations to the maximum extent possible.

Roelof Meijer, CEO SIDN: “One result of the Domeinnaamdebat 2006 was the advice to introduce numerical domain names, which we now act upon. The applications can only – like all .nl domain names – be entered via a registered SIDN registrar. We expect to finish the complete sunrise process in January 2008, after which registration of numerical domain names will be open for everyone. So you if you want to you can for example register your phone number of birthdates as .nl domain name!”



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