Hostway: Preregistration for .Asia Domain Names
Chicago — Sept. 21
Recognizing the rapid growth of the Asia-Pacific region, Hostway Corp. is offering preregistration for the highly anticipated .asia top-level domain (TLD).
Registration for this new TLD officially opens for governments and trademark holders in October.
Although diverse in culture and language, the Asia-Pacific region is home to more than 60 percent of the world’s population, according to U.N. estimates. It is exploding economically, making it the perfect time to launch a TLD to help businesses enter this dynamic marketplace.
Hostway is one of only a few registrars with the infrastructure and resources to offer preregistration for .asia domain names.
Hostway’s no-risk preregistration process is extremely straightforward:
- Customer preregisters the domain name.
- As soon as the registration period opens, Hostway submits the application.
- Only if the name is successfully registered will Hostway charge the customer.
- If there are two or more qualified applicants for the same domain name, an auction is held. Customers are charged only if the domain name is awarded to them.
“Hostway has extensive experienced in launching new TLD registrations, having gone through the process most recently with .eu and .mobi,” said John Enright, vice president of marketing and business development. “To be in on the ground floor with .asia was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the .asia TLD, as proposed by DotAsia Organisation Ltd. in October 2006, with the back-end registry to be operated by Afilias.
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers, including domain names and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols.
Afilias is the registry operator of the .info and .mobi TLDs, among many others.