December 8, 2006; 02:02 AM
ICANN and DotAsia Organization,
the sponsoring organization for the .ASIA top-level domain, announce
the signing of the .ASIA Registry Agreement, on 6 December 2006
at the ICANN Annual Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On 18 October 2006,
the ICANN Board approved the designation of the .ASIA sponsored
top-level domain and authorized the President to implement the
Agreement. DotAsia is the first gTLD registry with a
headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.
DotAsia Organisation Ltd. is a membership-based not-for-profit
corporation located in Hong Kong that was created in March of 2004 for
the purpose of submitting a proposal to the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate a new sTLD registry for
the “.Asia” top-level domain (TLD).
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an
internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has
responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation,
protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD)
Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system