Egypt begins using Arab domain names on Internet

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 6, 2010 19:13

CAIRO — Egypt's communication and information technology minister says his country has begun registering domain names in Arabic on the Internet.

Tarek Kamel said three Egyptian companies were the first to receive registrar licenses for the ".masr" domain written in Arabic, a development that represented a "milestone in Internet history." Masr means Egypt in Arabic.

The move comes about six months after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the use of non-Latin domain names. ICANN is a leading Internet policy organization.

Egypt was among the first Arab nations to apply to use Arabic script in the top level domain — the suffix that comes after the Internet address, such as .com.

The three companies are TE Data, Vodafone Data and Link Registrar.


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