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Tunisia: Launching of Arabic Domain Names

March 19, 2012

The Telecommunications National Authority (INT) in Tunisia announced the launch of the Naming Charter of the Arabic domain name ”تونس.” pursuant to Decision No. 12/2012. Arabic domain names were officially launched on March 1, 2012. The registration will consist of two phases:

– Sunrise Period:

Sunrise Phase 1: (March 1st to May 31st, 2012) is open only to public institutions. 
Sunrise Phase 2: (June 1st to September 28th, 2012) is open to holders of trademarks registered in Tunisia.

– Landrush Period:

The Landrush phase (which will begin on October 1st 2012) is open to any person or entity applying for the registration of domain names of high commercial value.

Tunisia will now join the ranks of Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and UAE as the only jurisdictions in the Middle East to allow for the registration of Arabic domain names.

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