COMMENCEMENT OF .HK CHINESE DOMAIN NAME PRE-REGISTRATION PERIOD

HONG KONG, 6 December 2006 - Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) and its wholly owned subsidiary Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (HKDNR) jointly announce today the commencement of .hk Chinese Domain Name Pre-Registration Period from 4 December 2006 to 5 January 2007. During this Period, registration rights are given to existing .hk English domain name holders who registered their .hk domain names on or before 14 September 2006.

‘.hk’ Chinese Domain Name includes the simple ‘.hk’ category for general use, and ‘.公司.hk’, ‘.教育.hk’ , ‘.政府.hk’, ‘.個人.hk’ , ‘.網絡.hk’ , ‘.組織.hk’ for different groups of users. During the Pre-Registration Period, the .hk Chinese Domain Name being applied for must be in the equivalent category as the .hk English Domain Name that a registrant currently holds.

.hk Chinese Domain Name can be registered via the official website of HKIRC / HKDNR (www.hkdnr.hk) or our service partners. For queries, please contact HKIRC / HKDNR by phone (+852 2319 1313) or email (enquiry@hkirc.hk / enquiry@hkdnr.hk).

About HKIRC and HKDNR
Hong Kong Internet Registration Cooperation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit making organization endorsed by the Government of HKSAR to oversee the administration and assignment of the Internet domain names ending with '.hk'. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (HKDNR), HKIRC provides registration services for the English domain names ending with '.com.hk', '.org.hk', '.net.hk', '.edu.hk', '.gov.hk', '.idv.hk', ‘.hk’ and Chinese domain names ending with ‘.公司.hk’, ‘.教育.hk’, ‘.政府.hk’ , ‘.個人.hk’, ‘.網絡.hk’, ‘.組織.hk’, ‘.hk’; and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact our Marketing Communication Specialist, Ms Annie Shiu at +852 2319 3828.