PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON .hk CHINESE DOMAIN NAME SOFT LAUNCH AND RESERVED .hk CHINESE DOMAIN NAME CATEGORIES

HONG KONG, 27 February 2006 - Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited jointly announce today the commencement of Public Consultation on .hk Chinese Domain Name Soft Launch and Reserved .hk Chinese Domain Name Categories from 27 February 2006 to 13 April 2006.

Hong Kong has distinct advantages as a prime location with close geographical proximity to Mainland China and currently is the largest trade partner of Mainland China. To cater for the market needs of increasing business activities between Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, Hong Kong Internet Registration Company Limited will be launching Chinese Domain Name soon. A Chinese .hk Domain Name must contain at least one Chinese character. Both traditional and simplified Chinese can be registered. As a preparation for the launch of Chinese .hk Domain Name, we have successfully conducted a technical trial last year.

To achieve the allocation of domain name in a systematic and coordinated way, a soft launch period will be introduced to give priority to certain groups of applicants (e.g. trademark holders) to register their Chinese .hk Domain Names. In addition, in order to minimise public confusion, a number of categories of .hk Chinese Domain Name will be reserved. For details of the above and the consultation itself, please visit http://www.hkdnr.hk.

Comments can be sent to the company by no later than 13 April 2006:
by post (Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited, Unit 2002-2005, 20/F ING Tower, 308 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong),
by fax (+852 2319 2626);
or by email (consultation@hkirc.hk or consultation@hkdnr.hk ["CDN Public Consultation Committee"]).


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 Internet domain names ending with '.com.hk', '.org.hk', '.net.hk', '.edu.hk', '.gov.hk', '.idv.hk', Second-Level ".hk" Domain Name 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 and Communication Officer, Ms Annie Shiu at +852 2319 3828 for details.