Domain names

TLD Netherlands Antilles lifted, three new extensions launched

The domain extension of the Netherlands Antilles (.an) is no longer registrable since the 31st of January 2012. With the disappearance of .an, three new extensions are introduced and launched: Curaçao (.cw), Saint Martin (.sx) and the BES islands (.bq).

Reason for the elimination of the .an extension is the dissolving of the Netherlands Antilles on the 10th of October, 2010. From that date, Curaçao and Saint Martin became independent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba became special Dutch municipalities. Now the extensions will be eliminated as well. On the 1st of February .cw, the extension of Curaçao, was launched.
Websites hosted on a .an extension need to move to .cw. On the 31st of October 2014, .an will be removed from the DNS root server, but CW Domain Registry on 31 October 2012 will start the deletion process on the 31st of October 2013. Current .an Domain name holders will have the first choice for the same .cw domain until the 31st of August 2012.
Extensions .sx and .bq
In addition to .cw, there are two more new extensions introduced. The extension of Saint Martin (.sx) is available at Networking4all soon. The extension of the BES islands (.bq) is still offline. When this extension will come on the market is not yet known.
Friday 3 February 2012
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