February 22, 2008; 02:15 AM
(PRLEAP.COM) Hong Kong, 22 February 2008 – DotAsia Organisation, the registry
operator of the “.Asia” Internet domain, is happy to announce the successful
launch of its Landrush period. A total of 266,663 applications were received by
the registry within the first 24 hours, demonstrating great interest from around
the world to stake claims in the most prestigious cyber real estate in Asia.
Including Pre-Sunrise, Sunrise, Pioneer programs and the first day of Landrush,
the total number of domain applications to date is 298,861. .Asia Landrush
opened Feb 20 and will close on March 12, 2008.
first-come-first-served processes, DotAsia is utilizing a model that treats all
applications received equally no matter if you submit the application within the
first second or on the last day of the Landrush period. For domains receiving
two or more applications, an auction will be held between the applicants.
Domains with only one application will be allocated directly without auction. It
also means you must apply during the Landrush period (Feb 20 – Mar 12, 2008) in
order to be eligible to participate in the domain auctions.
“We are very
excited about the smooth launch of Landrush. The volume of interest demonstrates
strong demand for .Asia. Unlike conventional opening rushes where the best names
are snatched in the opening seconds, you still have 20 days to submit your
application without losing out,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “We are also
excited to see strong participation from Asia, with 5 out of the top 10
registrars coming from Asia.”
Over 35% of the Landrush applications
received came from Asia, with 40% from North America and 24% coming from Europe.
A total of about 28,000 domain names received more than one application on the
first day. The top 10 registrars in the first day, in order, are: Dotalliance
Inc. (www.dotalliance.asia), EuroDNS
S.A. (www.asiadns.asia), Communigal
Communications Ltd., GoDaddy.com, Gabia, HiChina Web Solutions Ltd., Key-Systems
NamesBeyond.com, DomainPeople Inc. (www.domainpeople.asia), eName
About DotAsia Organisation:
DotAsia Organisation (www.dotasia.org) is the Sponsoring
Organisation and Registry Operator for the .Asia Sponsored Generic Top Level
Domain. DotAsia is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation incorporated
in Hong Kong. Asia has developed into a global force in the international
commercial, political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace
this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding
ground for Internet activity and development in the region. To learn more about
DotAsia, please visit: http://www.registry.asia.