Web Registration In .РФ Zone To Begin In July
Russia will become the first nation with the non-Latin domain. ICANN Corp that manages domain distribution in the Internet accepted yesterday the registration application for Cyrillic domain. The registration of web-sites in Russia will begin in early July and roughly 350,000 sites will probably emerge in two years.
ICANN’s BOD received yesterday an application for creating a Cyrillic domain - .РФ, RU-Center that is one of the biggest domain registrars in Russia announced yesterday. The application was elaborated by RU Domain Coordination Center by order of the RF Communication Ministry.
RU Domain’s Coordination Center that currently supervises domain registration in .RU zone and accredits registrars was appointed the domain’s administrator, said Andrei Vorobiev from RU-Center.
The .РФ zone domains are expected to cover roughly 20 percent of current .RU, forecasted Dmitry Ufaev, the managing partner at RBC Hosting Center. Some 1.75 million domains have been registered in .RU, i.e. around 350,000 new web sites will probably appear during two years in .РФ zone.
Registering a domain in .RU costs 600 ruble, and you will pay another 450 ruble for the annual extension. “The price averages roughly 300 ruble, as the hosting providers often artificially understate the prices," Ufaev said.
Finam has estimated this year’s worth of domain registration at about $12 million, $35 million with the domain extension taken into account. “The domain registration in .РФ will yield roughly $3 million,” forecasted Finam analyst Tatiana Menkova.
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