Oceania & Pacific Domains: Tuvalu (.tv)
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.tv registration your Tuvaluan domain, click here!.tv is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the island nation of Tuvalu.
Except for reserved names like .com.tv, .net.tv, .org.tv and others, any person in the world can register a .tv domain for a fee. The domain name is popular (and thus economically valuable) because it is an abbreviation of the word 'television' (othr similar ccTLDs are .me, .fm, .am, .cd, .dj and .mu). Such unconventional usage of TLDs in domain names are known as domain hacks. The domain is currently operated by dotTV, a VeriSign company; the Tuvalu government owns twenty percent of the company. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period. The Tuvalu government receives a quarterly payment of US$1 million for use of the top-level domain.
On December 14, 2006, VeriSign announced an alliance with Demand Media, run by ex-MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt to market the .tv Top Level Domain Name (TLD) as the preferred web address for rich media content.
Background Information :
PopulationJuly 2007 estimate 11,992 (222nd) - Density 441/km2 (22nd) 1,142/sq mi
GDP(PPP) 2002 estimate - Total $14.94 million (228th) - Per capita $1,600 (2002 estimate) (148th if ranked)
National AnthemTuvalu mo te Atua (Tuvaluan) Tuvalu for the Almighty Royal anthem: God Save the Queen
AreaTotal 26 km2 (226th) 10 sq mi - Water (%) negligible
International Dialling Code688
CurrencyTuvaluan dollar Australian dollar (AUD)
GovernmentParliamentary Democracy with a Constitutional monarchy - Queen Elizabeth II - Governor General Filoimea Telito - Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia
Motto: "Tuvalu mo te Atua" (Tuvaluan) "Tuvalu for the Almighty"
Time Zone(UTC+12) Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands ad five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi) Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City 0.44 km; Monaco 1.95 km and Nauru 21 km.
The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people. The islands came under the UK's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbrt and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978.
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