Blacknight Solutions, Ireland’s leading internet services company, is now accredited to sell domain names. By registering a domain name, for example, registrants have the opportunity to reach a wider audience, particularly in The Netherlands.
Domain names with the extension can be registered by anyone anywhere, unlike the .nl country code that requires a contact point in The Netherlands.
“Becoming an accredited registrar for domain names allows us to give our clients an even wider range of options for registering domain names”, said Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon.
“It extends the level of service we can offer our clients, making Blacknight Solutions a one-stop shop for all a businesses’ internet hosting and domain name requirements.”
With over three million .nl domain names already registered, obtaining your preferred .nl domain name can be difficult, however with this new extension, it will be much easier.
To ensure our clients get the domain of your choice, Blacknight Solutions suggests contacting us as soon as possible to discuss requirements.
The domain name extension was launched at the ICANN meeting in Paris held from 23-26 June, 2008. To ensure every person and every company has a fair chance to register their own domain name, there will be a Sunrise process, as outlined below.
During this Sunrise period, every owner of a .nl and/or a valid trademark registration has the exclusive opportunity to register the international variant of their domain name within the defined Sunrise periods:
Sunrise 1: Grandfather period – commencing date Q3 2008
During the Grandfather period, owners of a .nl have an exclusive right to register their as well. This implies that a registrant owning, will be the only entity that has the opportunity to register during the Grandfather period.
Sunrise 2: Registered Trademarks – commencing date Q4 2008
Domains that were not registered during Sunrise 1 (Grandfather) can still be claimed by trademark owners during the second phase. These applications will also be reviewed by a Verification Agent.
Multiple eligible applications of the same name received during the 2nd Sunrise period will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
Landrush/ Go live – commencing date Q1 2009
In the Landrush phase, application requests can be made by the general public without restriction. They will be accepted on a first comes first served basis.
(Mentioned dates are merely indicative. Specific dates will be communicated two months before the actual launch)

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