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The world’s newest TLD – ICANN approves .sx

Kevin Murphy, December 2, 2011, 14:33:37 (UTC), Domain Registries

ICANN’s board of directors has finally approved .sx, the new country-code top-level domain for newly autonomous Dutch territory Sint Maarten.

In an unexpected non-meeting earlier this week, the board voted to delegate .sx to SX Registry, a joint venture of Luxembourg registry startup OpenRegistry and Canadian registrar MediaFusion.

The vote had been delayed from the board’s meeting in October as SX Registry went through the required pre-delegation motions with ICANN’s IANA department.

Sint Maarten was created in October 2010 when the Netherlands Antilles (.an) split into three separate territories.

The ccTLD .cw for Curacao was assigned to the University of the Netherlands Antilles in October this year, but .bq for Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, has yet to be delegated.

The legacy .an domain is scheduled to be decommissioned before October 2014.

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Comments (4)

  1. Acro says:

    Very soon they should approve .sex as well :D

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      You jest, but .sx could have grounds to object to a .sex application on string confusion grounds.

      I don’t know if they would, but it could happen.

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