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KRG Department of Information Technology launches .KRD into Sunrise Period

Erbil, Kurdistan (DIT.GOV.KRD) – KRG Department of Information Technology will launch Kurdistan’s top-level domain (TLD) .KRD into Sunrise.

Sunrise period for .KRD starts on Aug. 5 and will end on Oct. 4. The Sunrise launch of .KRD has been a highly anticipated milestone for KRG Department of Information Technology that has spent considerable time preparing for the acquisition and launch of this essential top-level domain.

By operating its own TLD, Kurdistan Region achieves multiple objectives such as visibility, innovation, digital economy and offers the worldwide Kurdish community a new online homeland.

“We at DIT are fully aware of our responsibilities and committed to protecting the internet’s security and stability whilst operating our registry system at the world roots of the internet,” said Hiwa Afandi, Head of DIT.

December 2013, after passing and complying with numerous tests and procedures, KRG DIT signed the .KRD registry agreement with ICANN granting it the right to manage the .KRD TLD within the internationally recognized ICANN framework. 

July 2014 .KRD was added to the root zone of the internet and officially delegated, becoming a technical and operational reality on the internet.

Internet users worldwide will soon see web addresses ending with .krd - the first name space on Internet for Kurdistan affiliated individuals (.krd), businesses (, government entities ( and educational institutions (

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