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ICANN and DotAsia Organization Sign .ASIA Registry Agreement

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 management functions.

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