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.asia : a new regional extension approved by ICANN

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ICANN validates dot asia on 18/10/06, which will be available within 6-9 months. This TLD aims at reflecting businesses and individuals located in Pacific Asia on the web, and reaching the larger community. According to DotAsia Organisation Ltd, .asia will first support Latin alphabet, then Asian languages (IDNs).

This corporation is made up of ICANN members that manage ccTLD registries in the Asian area. Registration of dot asia will be divided into 2 steps :

  • first, the Sunrise Period for trademark owners then, the general opening for entities present in Asia Pacific.


Beyond the ".asia" opening, it is a matter of competition with the leading TLDs (particularly .com) and of Internet growth in the area. At this day, there is about 400 million internet users in Asia (see details in the table below).

Internet usage in the main Asian countries

Country Internet users
China 123 000 000
Japan 86 300 000
India 60 000 000
South Korea 33 900 000
Indonesia 18 000 000
Taïwan 13 800 000
Malaysia 11 016 000
Vietnam 10 711 000
Pakistan 10 500 000


Source : Internet World Stats
(data updated on September 2006)

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