Registry begins to accept Cyrillic domain name registrations

Serbia

The Serbian National Register of Internet Domain Names started accepting registrations under the Cyrillic top-level domain '.срб' ('.srb') on January 27 2012.

During the initial six-month registration phase, only the owners of existing '.rs' domain names are able to register the corresponding '.срб' domain name (ie, a one-to-one character transliteration into Serbian Cyrillic characters; for example, 'google.rs' will become ' гоогле.срб'). Characters that cannot be directly transliterated into the corresponding Serbian Cyrillic characters (such as 'w', 'x', 'y') will translate into three-character dummy sequences in Cyrillic (eg, 'wellness.rs' will become ' љћшeллнесс.срб').

The direct transliteration of foreign words is not always an adequate solution, since there are often differences in the way in which a word is pronunced and transliterated. Therefore, to ensure that they have a meaningful Cyrillic domain name, applicants may have to register a local domain name under '.rs' before registering the corresponding '.срб ' domain name. For example, Google is pronounced and written 'Gugl' (Latin) or ' Гугл' (Cyrillic) in Serbian, so it is advisable to register 'gugl.rs' first, and then to apply for ' гугл.срб' (which, in local terms, is a more adequate domain name than ' гоогле.срб').

After the initial registration phase, everyone will be able to register any number of available '.срб' domains as of July 27 2012.

Registration is possible under '.срб', as well as under the following extensions:

  • '.пр.срб ' for commercial entities;
  • '.орг.срб' for organisations;
  • '.обр.срб' for educational institutions;
  • '.од.срб' for individuals;
  • '.упр.срб' for administrative bodies; and
  • '.ак.срб' for academic networks.

Non-Serbian nationals - both companies and individuals - may register a '.срб ' domain name, but must provide a local administrative contact.

Svetlana Gavrilovic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade

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