As you may be aware, .UK domain names are becoming available to purchase. These domain names were first offered by the registry, Nominet, to domain name registrants that held matching .co.uk or .org.uk domain names. The domain names that were not taken by those registrants are becoming available for third parties to register.
I previously wrote about SnapNames and its .UK auction, and I received an email from Sedo announcing it will be running a .UK domain name auction beginning tomorrow. Here’s what I was told about Sedo’s upcoming auction:
“Before the .uk names were made available to the general public on Monday, Nominet, the operator of .uk offered a .uk Rights of Registration (RoR) period July 1-5 to all registrars who successfully applied. You can read more in detail about this here:https://registrars.nominet.uk/uk-namespace/dot-uk/rights-of-registration/.
With this explosion of new domains into the market, Sedo is hosting an exclusive .UK Auction kicking off tomorrow. We have a sneak peek at the auction inventory for you, there’s over 1,000 domains up for grabs in this newly available extension, including keyword generics, short domains and more.Many of the domains have no reserve prices with higher reserves for very premium generic domains like telephone.uk, sunrise.uk, byte.uk, the list goes on.
.uk domains are the shorter and more concise TLD choice for the UK moving forward! These names make excellent purchases for those who do business or reside in the UK not to mention smart investment opportunities.”
Sedo’s auction will begin tomorrow (July 11) and run through July 18.
I am not sure if a registrant must have any sort of UK presence in order to register .UK domain names. Be sure to investigate further before you decide to bid because I am not familiar with the policy and could not find this information.