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According to the definition in the Regulation on Management and Assignment of .gr domain names, homograph names are those Domain Names whose variable field is consisted of alpharithmetic characters which VISUALLY match the lower or upper case, punctuated or unpunctuated form, and their non-variable field is the same. For example, let's consider the names eett.gr and εεττ.gr whose capital form is visually the same (EETT.gr and ΕΕΤΤ.gr). We should point out to those interested to the fact that audibly similar or visual dissimilar names are not covered by the above definition (for example, maria.gr has no homograph because the character r has no visually similar character in the Greek alphabet while one homograph of the Domain Name μαρια.gr is the latin mapia.gr - which in capital case becomes ΜΑΡΙΑ.gr). A table of the homograph characters can be found here.
The right to activate homograph names is reserved for the Domain Name Registrant to which the homographs in question are referring to. For the activation of each of those homograph names the Registrant has to contact their Registrar, and pay the necessary fee. A homograph name can be activated even when the domain name to which is referring to is in pending status unless it is under .gov.gr level or a second level domain name included in EETT’s list of geographical terms.
In case there are two (or more) homograph names assigned to different Registrants (registered before the starting date of the IDN registrations, July the 7th, 2005), the right to activate a homograph variant of the Domain Name is not given to any of the Registrants. If for any reason only one of the Domain Names remains registered, the Registrant of this Domain Name has the right to activate the homograph variants.
As Bundle name is considered to be the group of a registered Domain Name and the activated homographs. The activated homograph names are renewed automatically with the renewal of the registered Domain Name regardless of the activation date. For each one of the activated homograph names the renewal fee is charged. If during the application/declaration submission the lower case unpunctuated form of the name has been activated without charge, then for this form the renewal is free of charge. In case the Registrant does not wish to renew one of the activated homograph names, he has to deactivate the homograph name before renewing. (The same applies in case of a Registrant change or a Registrant name change). By renewing an expired domain name (in the period of 15 days following the domain name expiration) all the activated reserved forms of the name are renewed. A reserved form which had been activated prior to the domain name expiration cannot be deactivated.
New Legislation for the Regulation on Management and Assignment of .GR Domain Names Decision No.: 693/9 of 04/06/2013 of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) - in Greek. The new legislation shall be put in force on 21st July 2013 at 11:00am Athens time (08:00 UTC).
Regulation on Management and Assignment of '.gr' Domain Names FEK 593/14-04-2011 Decision No.: 592/012 of 03/02/2011 of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT).
Please be informed that from 8 August 2011:
a) The list of geographical terms used by the Registry is updated according to Kallikratis plan.
b) The ISO 3166-1 list of the ISO organization used by the Registry is updated (version ISO 3166:2008).
Please refer to this link for more details.
Since 15th December 2010 the [.gr] zone file as well as the zone files for the secondary level domains are digitally signed by making use of the DNSSEC technology. As the authoritative RRsets of the [.gr] zone are signed, DNS resolvers can use the public key that singed those records and thus authenticate them, which greatly improves the security and authenticity of the information returned from DNS name servers, eliminating DNS spoofing. Please refer to this link for more details.
8th of March, 2010: Start of the trial period of the DNSSEC technology by FORTH-ICS, the registry of [.gr] domain names
Announcement from EETT about e-mails, sending from the [.gr] Registry to Registrants (in Greek).
The Registration of Domain Names in Greek characters (e.g. ίδρυματεχνολογίαςέρευνας .gr) has started on the 4th of July 2005, 10.00 A.M. Local time (07.00 UTC). Please refer to this link for more details.