DotCYM Ltd, a group established to work with the Welsh government to apply for a new TLD for the country, will no longer apply for dot-cymru after Welsh ministers stopped supporting the bid.
DotCYM technical director Maredudd ap Gwyndaf told .Nxt that the group has been working on a TLD for Wales and the Welsh community worldwide for six years and were ready to apply for a top-level domain years ago.
"We had chosen CORE as our registry operators in a tender process a few years ago," said ap Gwyndaf.
Under ICANN's rules, any applications for geographic names will need the explicit support of the relevant country's government. "The minister at the time wanted to work with us and whichever registry operator we chose," said ap Gwyndaf. DotCYM was even given £20,000 in government seed funding for its plans.
"Cymru" means "Wales" in Welsh (or literally "Land of the Cymry"). Use of the Welsh language has faded over the past century but has recently seen a resurgence with just under a quarter of the Welsh population now able to speak the language.