Rising demand in Kenya for Scottish email addresses prompts move to increase availability

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Following a surge in demand from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa among others for websites with Scottish domain names, the not-for-profit firm dot.Scot Registry has announced plans to introduce Scots suffixes within the next fortnight.

Currently, an email address ending in .scot is only made available when a website of the same name is purchased. But due to increasing interest, consumers will soon be invited to purchase email domains ending in @mail.scot or @blether.scot.

Managing director of dot.Scot Registry, Gavin McCutcheon, explained that the Scottish diaspora wanted to reflect links to their ancestral home online.

“About half of our customers are saying they only wanted a Scottish email address and not a website,” he said. “The idea is to bring together the family of Scotland around the world. There are lots of people who love Scotland. They want a Scottish email address to celebrate their Scottish connection.”

Mr McCutcheon says he also believes a digital Scottish presence helps individuals to convey a sense of national pride.

In excess of 10,000 users are expected to buy a .scot email address over the next 12 months. Would you be interested in having a Scottish email address? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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