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Dot bangla domain to open for mass users from Dec 16

2016-10-18 20:13:33
Dot bangla domain to open for mass users from Dec 16 Desk:

Dot bangla domain (.বাংলা)) would be opened for mass users from December 16.

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Tusday came up with the announcement at a press conference at her ministry office.

“We will finalize the policy, terms and conditions, pricing and managerial manpower for the dot bangla domain soon to open it for mass users from December 16,” she revealed.

Tarana said before opening it for public; all the procedures are needed to get the approval of the board of directors of the state-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), the assigned organization to handle the domain.

The International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN) has officially allotted the dot bangla (.bangla) internet domain to Bangladesh on October 4 after long procedures.

Indian state West Bengal and Sierra Leone, one of whose official languages is Bangla, had also applied for the internationalized domain name (IDN) label-dot bangla (.বাংলা).

“Through capturing the domain, Bangla would strengthen its presence in cyber space,” hoped the state minister.

Replying to a query regarding pricing, Tarana Halim said they have primarily set prices and conditions, but all those are needed to be approved by the BTCL board.

BTCL would seek applications from the users after the opening of the .bangla domain.

Earlier, ICANN-approved another domain label for Bangladesh as dot bd or .bd. From now on, .bangla is Bangladesh's own Unicode domain label.

It is the second country code top-level domain (TLD) for Bangla websites.

According to the BTCL, the total registered users of .bd have reached at 36,500.

Domain names, such as “’, were originally designed only to support ASCII characters. In 2003, a specification was released that allows most Unicode characters to be used in domain names. IDNs are supported by all modern browsers and email programmes, so people can use links in their native languages.

Ends/ 18, 2016

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