Littlest nation joins top 10 internet domains


Littlest nation joins top 10 internet domains

Ian Grant

The smallest nation in the world is now one of the world's 10 largest domain registries, with more active domain names than France or Italy, thanks to an innovative marketing programme that saw the owners pay registrants to sign up.

.TK is the internet domain of the Tokelau Islands in the South Pacific. Despite having just over 1000 residents, .TK has amassed 1.7 million active domain names in a couple of months.

But owners Dot TK and the Tokelau government will temporarily stop the registry for paid domains on 3 December at 9.59am GMT. Until then corporations can register .TK domain names that correspond with their trademarks. This protects them from misuse of registered trademarks, cyber squatting and provide time for the resolution of disputes over trademarks. The owners require and check proof of ownership of trademark.

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