ICANN has released the .ovh domain names which were blocked to mitigate name collisions

Since 15:00 (GMT +1) on Friday 19 February, OVH has been able to officially propose to its users the domain names which were originally blocked under the Name Collision List (see box at the bottom of the page).

In November 2013, ICANN prepared the Name Collision List, a list of new extension domain names to be blocked, by identifying the collision risks of these domain names and their potential to compromise the stability of the internet. ICANN has since implemented a release system which includes a test period.

This means that 4,795 .ovh domain names are now available for registration. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Brand owners needn't worry: domain names registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse remain protected. A Sunrise period is also scheduled for April 1 2015, giving time to other registrars to become certified to resell .ovh.

This release should revive interest for .ovh, which has already secured 11th position in the list of new extensions that use the Latin alphabet (source: ntldstats.com).

Here are just some of the newly available extensions: agency.ovh, dance.ovh, gamesservers.ovh, webcams.ovh, webdesign.ovh and geek.ovh. Download the full list of released .ovh domain names to find the right one for you.

Click here to register your .ovh domain name:

What is a name collision?

A name collision occurs when an attempt to resolve a name used in a private name space (e.g. under a non-delegated Top-Level Domain, or a short, unqualified name) results in a query to the public Domain Name System (DNS). When the administrative boundaries of private and public namespaces overlap, name resolution may yield unintended or harmful results. Source: ICANN.