Jordan Launches Internationalised TLD

By October 18, 2010 Governance No Comments

ICANN logoJordan has become the most recent nation or territory to launch an internationalised top-level domain (IDN) as part of ICANNs IDN FastTrack process. The nation’s Information Technology Centre (NITC) has announced the launch of the Arabic IDN .الاردن. (.alordon).

The launch of the new TLD will help increase internet penetration in the country from 30 per cent currently to 50 per cent by the beginning of 2012, NITC General Manager Nabeel Al Fayoumi told The Jordan Times on the sidelines of the MENA ICT Forum 2010, which concluded Monday.

“By launching the domain in Arabic, we will be able to reach a larger number of people and encourage them to use the Internet. Currently, those who do not know English might find it difficult to surf certain websites, but when the domains are in Arabic, they will find it more convenient to use the web,” Fayoumi said.

The first Arabic domain name launched in Jordan is His Majesty King Abdullah’s website, adding that all websites of ministries and public agencies and educational institutions will soon have Arabic domain names, the report continued.

“Jordan is the fourth Arab state to launch domains in Arabic,” Fayoumi told The Jordan Times, adding that the plan is to have about 9,000 websites with Arabic domain names by the end of 2011.

IDNs use non-Latin language scripts (i.e., Arabic, Cyrillic, etc.) in the TLD portion of an Internet address.

In the news story, Al Fayoumi said, “By launching the domain in Arabic, we will be able to reach a larger number of people and encourage them to use the Internet. Currently, those who do not know English might find it difficult to surf certain websites, but when the domains are in Arabic, they will find it more convenient to use the web.”

The first use of the new IDN is on Jordans King Abdullahs website, with Al Fayoumi adding that all websites of Jordanian ministries and public agencies and educational institutions will soon have Arabic domain names.