NSI has more than 19 million names registered to date. i-DNS.net is the first multilingual Internet technology provider to enable popular .com, .net and .org domain names to be registered in non-English languages.
Backed by US-based General Atlantic Partners LLC, it has developed a flexible Unicode-based technology that supports Row-based ASCII Compatible Encoding (RACE), UTF-5, UTF-8 and all common local encoding.
It is fully compatible with commonly used Internet browsers and inter-operable with the current Domain Name System (DNS).
In the coming months, NSI Registry will open a test bed that will allow registration of multilingual domain names through the more than 60 active ICANN-accredited registrars.
Non-English Internet users currently comprise an estimated 40 per cent of Internet users worldwide. This is projected to increase to 60 per cent of Internet users worldwide by 2003.
i-DNS.net has already launched its service in many markets, including Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Egypt, USA.