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14 February 2011

Chinese Character Domain Names to be Launched in Hong Kong

Chinese Character Domain Names to be Launched in Hong Kong

In June 2010, the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) was given the approval of ICANN to administer the Chinese equivalent of the ".hk" top level domain name.  The intention of making available the Chinese term for Hong Kong, namely ".??" is to eliminate language barriers and meet the demands of local users who prefer using the Chinese language.

HKIRC has now announced plans for a pre-launch priority registration period from 22 February 2011 to 9 March 2011.  If you are holding an existing non-Chinese character domain name in Hong Kong which was registered before 31 January 2011, you may give consideration to the registration of the equivalent Chinese character domain.  The two domain names will have to be renewed or transferred together.  When the pre-launch period expires, new applications for Chinese character domain names in Hong Kong will not be processed until .?? is officially launched.  Applications then will be first come first served.

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