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i-DNS signs up Taiwan ISP

Online, CNET.com, 7 December 1999 -- SINGAPORE--Singapore multilingual domain names system (DNS) developer i-DNS.net International has signed up Taiwanese Internet service provider (ISP) TimeNet as its first partner.

TimeNet last Friday launched its Chinese domain name registration service in both simplified and traditional character forms. In just four days, the Taiwanese ISP has registered about 90,000 domains in Chinese.

Domain names are the addresses of sites on the Internet. They are now rendered only in Roman characters, even for countries which do not use these characters in their written languages.

i-DNS.net's multilingual DNS allows the registration of 36 non-Roman character based languages. The multilingual system co-exists with the current DNS. The company collects about US$35 per year for every multilingual domain registered. This is what the current registrar for the top level domain, Network Solutions, charges. i-DNS.net also charges an additional fee of US$15 every two years. (Ed:US$15 is not an additional fee, it comes out of the initial US$35)

ISPs do not have to pay to use the software to enable a multilingual domain name. A spin-off from the National University of Singapore, i-DNS.net was established this November with General Atlantic Partners LLC as its primary investor. i-DNS servers have already been set up in Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, US and UK.

-- i-DNS.net shall not be held liable for the views and opinions of the authors expressed herein.
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