MOSCOW, April 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s national Internet domain .ru marks its 19th anniversary on Sunday.
On April 7, 1994, the Russian Internet space was registered in the international data base of national domains of the upper level, which is supported by IANA /The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority/.
Back in 1992, three independent applications for the right to administer the Russian national domain were filed by three Russian companies, Itar-Tass Telecom says. The new national domain became possible only after Russia’s major Internet providers signed in 1994 an agreement On Administration of the .RU Zone. Administration and technical support of the .ru national domain were delegated to the Russian Research Institute for Public Networks. At that time, the domain’s coordinating group began working.
Presently the administrator of .ru and .rf /spelled in Cyrillic/ upper-level domains is the Coordinating Centre of the National Domain of the Internet, which was organised in 2001. The centre has authorities to offer regulations for registration of domain names in the .ru and .rf domains, to accredit registrars and to research promising projects on development of the Russian upper-level domains.
The .ru zone has registered over 4.47 million domains. The Russian segment of the Internet has become a leading one in the world.
Several years earlier, the Russian segment offered the first Cyrillic zone .rf /spelled in Cyrillic/, and thus users may spell site addresses in the Russian language. The zone has been developing actively, and the number of the Russian-language domain names is close to one million already.