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    Egyptís Arabic Top Level Domain Implemented in the Internet Root Zone

    Cairo, 6 May 2010

    First Multilingual Domain on the Internet under Egyptís IDN ccTLD
      Minister Tarek Kamel Witnesses the Signing of Three Registrar Licenses

    Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has announced today that the Arabic ccTLD of Egypt "„’—."  is now implemented in the Internet root zone.  Minister Kamel has also witnessed the signing of registrar licenses with three Egyptian companies, TE Data, Vodafone Data and Link Registrar. The three companies have been accredited by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority to be the new registrars for the Egyptian IDN ccTLD "„’—."

    ďIntroducing Arabic Domain Names is a milestone in Internet historyĒ, said Dr. Kamel, ďIt is the harvest of many years of hard work among global and regional Internet experts. This great step will open up new horizons for e-services in Egypt. It will boost the number of online users in the country and will enable Internet services to penetrate new market segments by eliminating language barriers.Ē
    Dr. Kamel added, that he is proud that Egyptís IDN ccTLD is one of the very first IDN domains added to the Internet root zone and that registrations under the Egyptian domain "„’—." are the first Arabic domain names on the Internet.  He acknowledged ICANNís efforts in that respect and recognized their collaboration with the global Internet community to address needs non-Latin language communities.
    He added, ďthis work is a result of the overall efforts of a team of Internet experts Mostafa Abdel Wahed, Manal Ismail and Christine AridaĒ. 
    The implementation of "„’—." in the Internet root zone comes as a result of Egyptís application for its Arabic ccTLD within the framework of ICANNís IDN fast track process.

    ICANN had announced in November 2009, during the Sharm El Sheikh IGFí09 Meeting, that it has opened the door for countries using non-Latin based languages to request their country top-level domains in their official languages. Egypt was the first country to apply for its Arabic ccTLD within the fast track process, which currently, as per the ICANN, has a total of 21 requests representing 11 languages.
    Dr. Amr Badawi, Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority, said that domain registration services under "„’—." will start officially during the month of May, with the presence of Mr. Rod Beckstrom, ICANN CEO. 

    The service will be provided to the public through the three accredited registrars, TE Data, Vodafone Data and Link Registrar.  Dr. Badawi added that the Egyptian Universities Network, current registry of the .EG ccTLD, will be providing domain registration services to the academic and governmental sectors.
    The National Telecom Regulatory Authority, the "„’—."  registry, had earlier this year, during the month of February, announced an RFP for entities interested in providing domain name registration services under the Arabic ccTLD of Egypt.  Offers submitted by the different entities were evaluated and three companies were selected to be licensed as registrars.

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