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DotAsia to Get Internationalized Domain Names

October 11, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotasia, UncategorizedComments Off on DotAsia to Get Internationalized Domain Names

Non-latin characters coming to .asia.

DotAsiaICANN Senior Vice President of Services Kurt Pritz has notified (pdf) DotAsia Organisation LTD that it is granting permission to start offering internationalized domain names on .asia.

In the letter, Pritz praised DotAsia for its “leadership in promoting the coordination of the domain-name system in the public interest.”

Meant for residents and companies of Asian countries, the .asia sTLD hasn’t really caught on. Registrations have dipped below 200,000 and continue to fall, according to HosterStats.com. HosterStats reports 174,288 .asia domains registered as of the beginning of October, down from about 215,000 earlier in the year. IDNs make sense for .asia given the vast number of non-latin languages in the area. But this vast number may be part of the reason .asia has struggled — it’s a very diverse area to form a common identity based on just “Asia”.


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DotAsia Asks for Fee Discount from ICANN

May 24, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotasia, icann, Policy & LawComments Off on DotAsia Asks for Fee Discount from ICANN

DotAsia joins the sTLD fee reduction band wagon.

DotAsiaDotAsia Organisation Ltd., which operates the .asia top level domain name, has requested that ICANN lower the fees DotAsia pays to ICANN.

DotAsia, a non-profit organization, currently pays a variable fee of 75 cents per domain name registered. It is requesting a 33% decrease to 50 cents per domain name.

In requesting the fee reduction, DotAsia writes:

A lower fee would enable DotAsia to invest further into meaningful community projects as well as to extend the awareness and adoption of the .ASIA domain. A lower fee from ICANN will also support a more level playing field, that would help DotAsia’s development and promote the equitable and inclusive development of the Asian economies, especially the developing and disadvantaged. The suggested amendment would also bring the fees into line with other gTLDs.

.Asia currently has about 200,000 domain names registered, so it is requesting its annual variable fees to be reduced from about $150,000 to $100,000.

The request for lower fees might be due to .Asia coming in at the low end of its projections. When it applied for .Asia, DotAsia stated:

Our target demand projection is based on a 5% penetration (335,600 domains) rate in the first year, growing to 10% by Year 3 and assumes a 10% annual growth of the overall market. The Low-Demand projection is based on a 3% penetration (201,500 domains) rate, growing to 5% in Year 3, while the High-Demand projection is based on a 7% penetration (489,000 domains) rate, growing to 16%.

ICANN recently reduced the registry fee for .Pro when it renewed the .Pro registry agreement.


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Auction Shows Top .Asia Domain Names Not Worth Much

January 12, 2010.asia, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, dotasiaComments Off on Auction Shows Top .Asia Domain Names Not Worth Much

.Asia auctions don’t give much promise for resale values.

.asiaIf you invested in English-language .asia domain names, you probably haven’t seen much of a return on your investment. Five .asia auctions that closed at Sedo today didn’t add up to much:

RealEstate.asia $6,000
Credit.asia $4,250
Single.asia $770
Wireless.asia $1,750
MP3.asia $655

.Asia currently has about 215,000 domain names registered, according to HosterStats.com. Although it represents a region, it is not a country code top level domain name like .eu. .Eu has about 3 million domain names registered, although the aftermarket for that extension hasn’t taken off either.

Although many of these sales happened during a different economic environment and many are for ccTLDs, here are some comparisons in different TLDs, according to NameBio:

RealEstate
.pk $9,000
.mobi $85,000
.net $300,000
.at $1,497

Credit
.info $36,000
.fr $850,000
.mobi $10,600

Single
.by $296
.es $43,337

Wireless
.io $250

MP3
none


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