Thursday, 21 April 2011

.ASIA IDN Launch

.ASIA IDN Launch

The International Domain Name (IDN) launch of .Asia will begin on 11 May 2011.

IDN Languages to be launched:
  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Japanese
  • Koren
The launch will comprise of two periods:

1. Sunrise Period 11 May 2011 – 20 July 2011

2. Landrush Period 2 August 2011 – 11 October 2011

Auctions will be held for domains receiving more than one successfully verified application.

The Sunrise Period will allow holders of registered trade marks and later company names (within the DotAsia Community) to secure their domain name before the Landrush Period.

Short and numeric .tel domains

From 1st June 2011 (3 pm British Standard Time (BST)) you will be able to register a numeric-only or a short two-character .tel.

This launch will consist of two phases, namely a Landrush and General Availability.

What is the difference between Landrush (1 June 2011, 3pm BST) and General Availability (14 June 2011 3pm BST)?

During Landrush, anyone wishing to secure a short or numeric-only .tel domain will be able to do so at a premium price. During General Availability the registration price will be lower than the Landrush price.

How it works
  • What: two-character ( or and numeric-only domains between 2 and 7 digits with or without hyphens
  • How: First-come first-served basis through Lexsynergy Limited.
  • When: From 3 p.m. BST on June 1st for Landrush; from 3 p.m. BST on June 14th for general availability

The following domains will not be available for registration:
  • One-letter (from through to and one-digit domains (from through to
  • Two-character country code top level domains (ccTLDs, such as
  • Combinations of digits and/or digit and hyphen strings that contain eight or more characters (for example, or
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