Sunday, 7 February 2010

.cn dilemma

In previous blog posts and newsletters we reported that the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has restricted foreign registrars and registrants from registering domain names within the .cn namespace.

These restrictions have placed trade mark owners in a predicament, resulting in some foreign registrars forwarding .cn registrations to local registrars for processing. The circumvention of the restrictions is not ideal and could lead to CNNIC deleting the domain names.

Although not a formal recognised TLD, the alternative is This extension is managed by Centralnic, who uses the .COM, .NET and .ORG standard domain name structure to offer additional regional and country-specific domain names, ensuring a secure, inexpensive solution for creating easily identifiable Internet addresses worldwide. CentralNic's registry service is particularly useful for Internet users in countries where domain names are difficult to obtain due to restrictive domain regulations.

If you require strategic domain name advice email our Domain Name Department at or visit for more contact information.

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