From 31 August to 15 December 2020, the progressive opening of the registration of .lu domain names with 1 and 2 characters, enabling more than 2,800 new .lu registration possibilities has been launched by the Restena Foundation, through its .lu registry. Spread over a period of 15 weeks, the opening of the registration of 1 and 2 character .lu domain names comprises 3 phases:
- From 31 August to 30 October 2020, during the ‘Sunrise’ phase, holders of registered trademarks as well as corporations and companies can apply for a priority registration if the trademark or name is identical to the requested 1 or 2 character domain name. Domain names are allocated on the basis of application files, submitted by interested parties to the Restena Foundation’s DNS-LU service by Friday 2 October 2020 at the latest. After this date, and till 30 October 2020, the applications will be assessed, and registrations finalized.
- From 2 November to 14 December 2020, during the ‘Landrush’ phase, any individual or legal entity may try to acquire domain names with 1 or 2 characters not yet allocated in the previous phase. This is performed through an online tender process, attributing each domain name to the highest bidder. The dedicated platform will be accessible from 19 October 2020 at 1-2.dns.lu. From this date on, it will be possible to create a user account and preview the auction process. However, auctions will start only Monday 2 November 2020 for a minimum duration of 2 weeks.
- On 15 December 2020, the ‘General Availability’ phase will start. The 1 and 2 character domain names not previously allocated will be available for registration, like any other .lu domain name, through the accredited registrars for .lu.