First City New gTLD To Goes Live Tomorrow .Berlin

Arguably it is the extension that kicked this whole new gTLD thing off.

On March 18, .BERLIN will launch into the General Availability phase. 777 years after the city was founded, any business, organization or individual can register Internet addresses under .BERLIN.

Worldwide, this marks the first time a city receives its own new top-level domain. More than 3.4 million Berliners will be given a new home on the net.
According to InternetX, “Even during the pre-registration phase, .BERLIN was one of the most popular TLDs among the 600 new gTLD with only  .SHOP and .WEB getting more pre-registrations.

About 150,000 Internet addresses like already include “Berlin”.

Large corporations such as Air Berlin bear the capital in their names.

Thanks to the new TLD, long domain names or cumbersome hyphenated constructions are now a think of the past.

The idea of an own top-level domain for the German capital has been on the table as early as 1999.

It wouldn’t be until 13 years later however, that ICANN announced an application process allowing for the introduction of new TLDs and liberating the domain name space.

In January 2012, the dotBerlin GmbH finally submitted the application for .BERLIN.

On January 8, 2014 launched as the first page with a .BERLIN ending. This was followed by a Sunrise period which started on February 14, during which trademark holders have preference to secure .BERLIN domains. From the March 18 on .BERLIN registrations will be open to all interested parties.


  1. says

    Tomorrow’s figures should be interesting. There is an issue with ICANN’s data requirements being longer than the term in EU data retention regulations and that might affect registrations. I think that OVH (one of the larger EU registrars) has applied for and been granted a waiver by ICANN. However .berlin (and the other German regional new gTLDs) are up against the strongest ccTLD in the world. How .berlin fares could be an indication for some of the other regional/city TLDs. The problem with ICANN was its glacial pace of development on new gTLDs – it effectively allowed the ccTLDs to develop and, in some countries, replace .COM as the first choice TLD. The results of this can be seen in the ant farm of new gTLD landrushes and registration patterns and it could be that some new gTLDs are the answer to 2008’s market demands.

  2. says

    I think there will be very nice numbers mainly due to the great number of domainers (speculators) from that part of Europe but as far as User adoption I seriously doubt it will be significant….
    I see the .DE as untouchable…

    And let the “the greater fool’ Games” begin ….

  3. says

    The uptake might be surprising to people expecting a gTLD style registration pattern in that it could resemble a ccTLD with a lot more business names than generics. There will be some speculation but not quite like other new gTLDs.

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