Registration for .asia top-level Internet domain names began today for companies and other legal entities, giving corporations an opportunity to secure trademarked domain names without having to contend with cybersquatters.
About 90 authorised registrars worldwide began accepting applications for corporations in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes Australia and New Zealand, until 15 January 2008. Companies and organisations are required to prove that they are conducting business in the region in order to complete registration. Public registration for .asia will begin in February 2008.
Registration is being overseen by the Hong Kong-based non-profit DotAsia Foundation, following approval of the top-level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). It joins .eu as the only other regional, non-nation-specific domain name.
Australia-based Instra's AsiaRegistry.com was selling .asia domain registrations for $90 (£45) each.
The DotAsia Foundation could not immediately be reached for comment.
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