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Hostway Unveils Preregistration for .Asia Domain Names

Recognizing the rapid growth of the Asia/Pacific region, Hostway Corporation, the global Web hosting leader, is offering preregistration for the highly anticipated .asia top-level domain (TLD). Registration for this new TLD officially opens for governments and trademark holders in October.

While diverse in culture and language, the Asia/Pacific region is united by the word "Asia" and is home to more than 60% of the world's population, according to United Nations estimates. It is exploding economically, making it the perfect time to launch a TLD to help businesses enter this dynamic marketplace.

Hostway is one of only a few registrars with the infrastructure and resources to offer preregistration for .asia domain names. Hostway's no-risk preregistration process is extremely straightforward:

  • Customers complete a domain name preregistration application.
  • As soon as the registration period opens, Hostway submits the application.
  • If the name is successfully registered, Hostway charges the customer. If not, the customer is not charged.
  • If there are two or more qualified applicants for the same domain name, an auction is held. Customer is only charged if the domain name is awarded to them.

"Hostway has extensive experienced in launching new TLD registrations, having gone through the process most recently with .eu and .mobi," stated John Enright, vice president of marketing and business development for Hostway. "To be in on the ground floor with .asia was an opportunity we couldn't miss."

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the .asia TLD, as proposed by DotAsia Organisation, Ltd., in October 2006, with the back-end registry to be operated by Afilias. ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, including domain names and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. Afilias is the registry operator of the .info and .mobi TLDs.

About Hostway


Hostway Corporation provides domain name registration, Web hosting and ecommerce, colocation, managed dedicated hosting, SaaS hosting, Web design and online marketing services to over 1.4 million Web sites and 2 million customers worldwide. It operates over 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data centers that reduce the complexity and cost of Web-based technologies for small businesses and large enterprises. Learn More

Related topics: Data Center, DNS, Domain Names, ICANN, Internet Protocol, Top-Level Domains

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