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.an
UNA: University of the Netherlands Antilles
Introduced 1993
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active (to be phased out and succeeded by .cw and .sx)
Registry University of The Netherlands Antilles
Sponsor University of The Netherlands Antilles
Intended use Entities connected with the former  Netherlands Antilles
Actual use Gets some use in the former Netherlands Antilles
Registration restrictions Registrations must correspond to name or trademark of registrant; proof of identity must be shown on registration
Structure Registrations taken at second level and also at third level beneath some second-level labels
Documents Rules

.an is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the former Netherlands Antilles. It is administered by the University of the Netherlands Antilles. As the Netherlands Antilles have been dissolved in 2010, the domain is being phased out.[1] As of November 2010 the .an domain remained live with over 800 domains registered under .an, including secondary levels.

Second level domain[edit]

Including google.com.an and youtube.com.an (both delegations to Google's nameservers), yahoo.com.an (delegated to Yahoo's nameservers but no A record for yahoo.com.an or www.yahoo.com.an), and visa.com.an (delegation to ultradns.net's nameservers).[2] With the deletion of AN from the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 register the ISO codes CW (Curaçao), SX (Sint Maarten) and BQ (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), the ccTLDs .cw, .sx and .bq have been designated (although the latter one is not in use).

Phasing out[edit]

On 31 October 2013, a start was expected to be made to remove domain names from the databases and systems. One year later, the .an will be removed from the DNS root server.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ".an". IANA. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "AN Zone File". Robert Baskerville's ccTLD analysis data. 2008-01-02. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  3. ^ "CW Domain Registration". Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen. 9 February 2012. 

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