New Cyber also launched PRCname.com, a multilingual international domain name registration service that is compliant with i-DNS.net's multilingual domain name technology. This service will be available in China immediately, and is anticipated to be rolled out to the other Chinese-speaking markets by 2001.
Chinese-language domain names have been made available by i-DNS.net since the beginning of this year. The company has since established partnerships with strong local entities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, United States and Australia to further its Chinese-language domain names offerings. Most recently, the company announced a strategic tie-up with Network Solutions Registry, as well as agreements with leading ICANN-accredited registrars like Register.com, Melbourne IT and OnlineNIC.
According to a recent Verisign report, China will experience a dramatic growth in Internet adoption over the next three years. There are currently 2 million Internet users in China, and analysts expect this number to grow five-fold to 10 million by 2001, and 200 million by 2007.