According to BelTA the Cyrillic domain zone .бел should be made available in 2013, BelTA learned from Mr Sergei Povalishev, Director of the company OOO Hoster By, who took part in the conference Business Internet on 24 October.
According to Sergei Povalishev, the Cyrillic name space should be made available in 2013. Natural persons and legal persons will be able to register domain names in this zone then.
In 2013 the number of domains in the Belarusian part of the Internet is expected to exceed 100,000. All the two-letter names in the .by zone have been sold already. As far as one-letter domains are concerned, the Operations and Analysis Center under the Belarus President will have yet to decide on using them. The international registrar has already contacted the technical administrator of the domain zone .by with a similar proposal.
Sergei Povalishev also said that the most popular domain names that had been put up for a charity auction had failed to find a buyer. The bidders, who paid top ruble for the auction lots casino.by, business.by, and divan.by tried to resell the names for a higher price instead of transferring money to the charity account. When no buyers presented themselves, they abandoned the domains.
The unsold domains are expected to be put up for another charity auction. There are plans to earn $20,000 for casino.by and business.by each.
The second stage of the charity auction will end on 25 October. The available domain names are less interesting to potential buyers. At present the most appealing lot is internet.by. A bidder is ready to pay Br12 million for it.
The technical administrator of the domain zone .by has been changed this year. It is now the Belarusian software company Reliable Software. It is likely that the same company will administrate the Cyrillic domain zone .бел as well.
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