Charles Mok, deputy managing director of HKNet predicted that the service will see a registration of tens of thousands of Chinese domain names within the first year of its launch.
Mok said the number in Internet users in mainland China will increase immensely over the next three years, and with a population that comprised a quarter of the world's population, there is no doubt that there will be a demand for Chinese domain names.
Registration is now opened for domain types with '.com', '.org' and '.net'. The i-DNS technology supports both encoding systems in both Chinese Big5 and the Chinese GB codes, which are both accessible in Taiwan and China markets.
i-DNS technology was developed by Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) over two years of research work.
Chief executive of i-DNS.net International Michael Ng said the company threw in a total investment of US$5 million (HK$38.7 million) in research and development for the technology.
Apart from Chinese, the company's domain database supports registration in more than 36 languages, which include Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, German, Finnish, Arabic and Hebrew.
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