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Key Internet agency conducts meeting in Muscat



Muscat: Delegations from 14 countries participated in the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name (APTLD) members' meeting which was held for the first time in Muscat.

The meeting, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), began on Sunday and closes today.

A number of leading international organisations and corporate houses such as Google and Microsoft met at this platform to discuss and debate a number of changing variables in the fast-growing world of Internet.

The APTLD is a regional association which meets periodically to bring together various views and share experiences with regard to the Internet and domain name issues and to promote their opinion in the internet community. It is an organisation that deals with ccTLD (country-code Top Level Domain) registries in the Asia Pacific region.

The meeting, organised by the APTLD organisation in cooperation with the TRA, highlighted a range of issues related to the Universal Acceptance of the Internationalized Domain Names (Internet domain names in characters other than the Latin characters), opportunities for the internationalised domain names and challenges. The event also focussed on issues related to internet governance and the recent announcement by the US government to transfer Key Internet Domain Name Functions to the internet community.

Don Hollander, general manager of the APTLD organisation, highlighted the importance of this meeting saying, "The Middle East is an important and growing part of our community and the issues that we are talking about at the meeting, IDNs, are very relevant to the region. In addition, Oman is a ccTLD that has clearly been working over the past few years to beef up its skills and resources and seems to be ready to grow its capabilities."

Mohammed Al-Kindi, executive manager of Regulatory and Compliance Unit in the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) highlighted the importance of attending such meetings to discuss and share global concerns.

"After getting our own country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .om, a couple of years back, Oman will have a good chance to access these countries' experiences to manage and utilise domain names in an optimal way. At the same time, we will present and showcase what we have achieved in this area," said Al Kindi.

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