London - Britain is getting a new national web address of ‘.uk’ from Tuesday.

The change means businesses and individuals can drop the ‘.co.uk’ and ‘.com’ suffixes from their web addresses and use the simpler ‘.uk’.

Nominet, the organisation responsible, had previously shelved the idea after acknowledging it could cause confusion. But after making some changes and carrying out a second consultation it has now gone ahead.

TV presenter Stephen Fry will be among the first to change his online identity. Start-up firms and major household names will follow suit.

Nominet is a private, not-for-profit business that is responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure. The introduction of ‘.uk’ is one of a number of new domain name options that have become available with a major shake-up in the web address system. - Daily Mail