India has been delegated the International Domain Name extension for Urdu Language, which will allow Indian authorities to sell domain names with Urdu fonts, reported DNA India.
In addition to Urdu, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body that governs website addresses, has allotted a total of seven international domain names (IDN) to India. Other languages for International Domain Names delegated to India include: Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu.
Subject to last stage ICANN approval, this will make India the first and only country to have Urdu domain name extension.
Pakistan has also applied for Urdu domain name extension (a little late though), for which the string evaluation (URL in asci-code for local language) has been passed, however, ICANN is yet to delegate Urdu language ccTLD to Pakistan, which may take at least 6 months.
Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE and Egypt are only countries with their local language domain names.
With this delegation of Urdu IDN to India, the domain names will be sold by the National Internet Exchange of India – the agency which has been allocating ‘.in’ domain names.