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The .ASIA registry has announced that the IDN.Asia launch will begin in May 2011. The initial launch of IDN.Asia will allow registrants to register .ASIA domains using in-language characters for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean.
There will be a Sunrise Period for trademark holders. This will be followed by a Land Rush Period for registering premium names, and then a General Availability Period will begin. During the Sunrise and Land Rush periods domains that: (1) have been requested by two or more parties; and (2) have been verified, will be sent to a domain auction and awarded to the highest bidder. Domains requested by a single successful application will be allocated to the applicant, and no auction will be held.
.Asia IDN launch Timeline:
- Sunrise Application Period (70 days)
OPEN: 11 May 2011 (Wed, 12:00 UTC)
CLOSE: 20 July 2011 (Wed, 24:00 UTC)
- Land Rush Application Period (70 days)
OPEN: 2 Aug 2011 (Tue, 12:00 UTC)
CLOSE: 11 Oct 2011 (Tue, 24:00 UTC)
If you would like to apply for a IDN.Asia or have any questions regarding the Sunrise Application process, please contact your Safenames account manager.