Urdu Domain Names: ICANN Passes Resolution on Dot پاکستان Internet Registery

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board has passed resolution on Internet Registry پاکستان . , through which local community of Pakistan will now be able to register and use internet domains in Pakistan’s native languages and scripts.



This was announced and revealed by Anusha Rahman, Minister for IT and Telecom.

She mentioned that this is an important milestone to proliferate the digitalization in Pakistan through local content. IT Minister lauded the efforts of team MoIT, multi-stakeholder technical committee members on internet registry پاکستان . , and team NTC on achieving this major internet governance initiative.

In December, 2016, Ministry of IT and Telecom had processed delegation request for the internet registry پاکستان . , in-consultation with stakeholders committee members from Academia, Civil Society, Internet Community, ISPAK, National Language Authorities, PASHA, PTA, Governments etc.



It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has already successfully completed the preparation and evolution stages of ICANN Fast track for IDN ccTLDs.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is responsible for managing and coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure that every address is unique and all internet users can find valid Internet addresses. Through this resolution, National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) will be the manager for internet registry ۔پاکستان

The local language content in digital form has assumed a central significance. With this in view, Ministry of IT & Telecom has done intensive work in this regard. IDN top-level domain names like پاکستان . will usher into numerous opportunities and benefits for Internet users of Pakistan, by enabling them to establish and use domains in their native languages and scripts.

By launching ccTLD ۔پاکستان internet accessibility for Urdu language users will be revolutionized as IDNs in native language will facilitate Internet Navigation much easier. It will help local citizens to access web addresses using Urdu Language.

IDNs posit an explicit advantage in targeting local markets, non- English speaking Internet users, and for local promotions. Alongside, rising trend of E-Commerce in Pakistan will enormously benefit from this development by eliminating the language barriers.

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