27th June 2014

.DURBAN Specifics

Background of .DURBAN

NetNames has been given notice that Uniforum SA Registry plan to open the .DURBAN new Top Level Domain registry on the 1st July 2014. The .DURBAN gTLD will be supported by Uniforum as the back-end provider. The .DURBAN TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 1st July 2014 to 1st October 2014 ✔
Landrush Phase 1st July 2014 to 3rd November 2014 ✔
General Availability 4th November 2014 ✔

DotDurban is a GeoTLD representing the city of Durban, South Africa. The purpose of .Durban is to promote the city and provide an opportunity for citizens, businesses and community groups to link their identities to the city’s brand.

Uniforum SA will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on the 1st October 2014. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any trademarkswiththeTMCH,pleasecontactyourAccountManager. Aconcurrent Landrush phase will run, extended to the 3rd November 2014, with an auction to settle any domains in contention on the 3rd November 2014.

Registration Info

  • The .DURBAN gTLD will be available without restrictions.
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .DURBAN will not support any IDN registrations
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise or Landrush phases will incur a one-off Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.

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