Since UK domain registry body, Nominet, announced in February that it would be releasing 2,640 previously reserved short domains to the public, the speculation around domains like g.co.uk and y.co.uk has been rife.
The most obvious rumour, which has now been confirmed, is that Google will make a bid for G.co.uk, though it hasn’t confirmed what intentions it has for the domain. Although Google hasn’t yet been granted ownership of the domain, and others can still register against it, there are some other short domains which have been confirmed.
Yahoo have been granted Y.co.uk, Virgin V.co.uk and companies like Burger King and British Airways have been granted short domains like BK.co.uk and BA.co.uk. Nominet have dubbed the period of availability the ‘Landrush’ phase which means that any domain with more than two applicants on June 15th will go to auction. On top of the registration fee for the domain, all successful buyers will have to pay an addition £10 plus VAT to Nominet.
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