Registration will be opened to HKNet's current corporate clients, and there after, the company will be targeting at small to medium enterprises here, hoping to acquire more than 10000 registered users by the first year.
Charles Mok, HKNet's deputy managing director said that the company now has about 8000 corporate users, whom they will give priority to in registering their Chinese domain names, they will eventually extend to small and medium enterprises in Hong Kong.
i-DNS technology was developed by Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), research work took over two years.
i-DNS.net, which is providing the registration service, has a domain database which supports domain types such as '.com', '.org' and '.net' that can be rendered in various languages. This technology can support more than 36 languages on the Internet, among which include Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.
This partnership between HKNet and i-DNS.net is catered mainly for the local market, but domain names ending with '.hk' could not be registered at this juncture, as the use of '.hk' as domain names needs approval from the relevant authorities, but HKNet says they are still looking into this.
According to statistics by the Hong Kong Internet Information Centre, at present Hong Kong has a total of 27000 registered domain names, all of which are registered in English. The launch of Chinese domain names could help open up more areas for development on the Internet.
HKNet says it's launch of the Chinese domain name technology is currently catered for the Hong Kong market and corporate clients, but in the near future it will be introducing personal domain name space to increase client.
Set up last October, i-DNS.net's main business operations involves providing and supporting multilingual domain name technology, it has already launched the service in other Asian countries.
Charles Mok assured that there is no chance that a domain name could be repeated. "Similar services have been launched in other countries before, but nothing of such has ever happened." He also said that the organization has already worked out a dispute policy to help police any disputes in domain names.
-- Translated Article