Registration for .asia top-level Internet domain names began Tuesday for companies and other legal entities, giving corporations an opportunity to secure trademarked domain names without having to contend with cybersquatters.
About 90 authorized registrars worldwide began accepting applications for corporations in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes Australia and New Zealand, until Jan. 15, 2008. Companies and organizations are required to prove that they are conducting business in the region in order to complete registration. Public registration for .asia will begin in February 2008.
Registration is being overseen by the Hong Kong-based nonprofit DotAsia Foundation, following approval of the top-level domain on Dec. 6, 2007 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It joins .eu as the only other regional, non-nation-specific domain name.
Australia-based Instra's AsiaRegistry.com was selling .asia domain registrations for $90 each.
DotAsia Foundation could not immediately be reached for comment.