First HKIRC-Accredited Registrars in Operation
To Keep up with the Internet Development
Pave the Way for a More Open and Competitive Market

HONG KONG, 18 July 2011 – Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) today announced the official launch of the Registrar Accreditation Programme for the first time in Hong Kong to cope with fast-changing local Internet developments. The first group of HKIRC-accredited registrars starts to provide service today. The programme not only provides more choices, but also enables the provisioning of more comprehensive .hk and .香港 domain name registration services.

After the launch of the Registrar Accreditation Programme, HKIRC will continue to be the Registry overseeing the registration policies for domain names ending with .hk. and .香港. Mr. Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC, said, “The Registrar Accreditation Programme opens up the market for .hk and .香港 domain name registration. More registrars will be accredited and together they will provide a diversified, competitive and high quality registration service. This also encourages industry players to continue to innovate and create more one-stop services catering for different market needs, hence benefiting the end users. Moreover, sustainable development and competitiveness of the local Internet market will be further upheld.”

Apart from Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Co. Ltd. (HKDNR), the first group of local accredited registrars includes Speedy Group Corp. Ltd, Todaynic and UDomain Web Hosting. Starting from today, they will continue to provide one-stop services including .hk and .香港domain name registrations and other Internet services such as web hosting, email and online shopping platforms. They will also provide after-sales services for .hk and .香港 domain names such as renewal and change of name server.

Customers are free to choose their preferred registrar or service provider for their one-stop Internet service to meet their specific needs. This freedom of choice will enhance market efficiency. All accredited registrars are authorised to use a unique “Accredited Registrar” branded logo for recognition within the industry to enhance customer confidence and trust in their ability and expertise to provide good quality .hk and .香港 domain name registration services. Through the Registrar Accreditation Programme and the “Accredited Registrar” logo, business connections of accredited registrars with partners can be built up to reach full business potential. HKIRC will continue to promote the Registrar Accreditation Programme. As the number of accredited registrars increases and start providing service, the full potential of the programme will be further realised.

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Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-distributing, non-statutory company limited by guarantee designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the administration of Internet domain names under the .hk country code top level domain. HKIRC provides registration services for English domain names ending with,,,,,, .hk and Chinese domain names ending with .公司.香港, .組織.香港, .網絡.香港, .教育.香港, .政府.香港, .個人.香港, .香港, and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

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