LAUNCH OF '.HK' CHINESE DOMAIN NAME TECHNICAL TRIAL

HONG KONG, 24 June 2005 - Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (‘HKIRC’) and its wholly owned subsidiary Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (‘HKDNR’) jointly announced today the launch of ‘.hk’ Chinese Domain Name Technical Trial on 27 June 2005.

The objective of the Trial is to collect comments and feedback from users and Service Partners so as to provide better service during the official launch in the year 2006.

A Chinese ‘.hk’ Domain Name must contain at least one Chinese character. Both traditional and simplified Chinese can be registered. The Technical Trial lasts for six months until the end of this year. The registration is free of charge, and no documentary proof is necessary.

Registration is easy: simply complete the on-line registration form and the trial domain name will be activated on the next day. In order to comply with provisions in Ordinances, the use of some words like ‘BANK’, ‘INSURANCE’ etc would be under control. During the trial period, all disputes on Chinese Domain Name should be filed with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Act now - there will be a limit on the number of trial Chinese Domain Names. All registrations are first-come-first-served! To register, please go to: http://www.cdntt.hkdnr.hk.

About HKIRC

HKIRC was established as a non-profit-making and non-statutory organisation to oversee the administration and assignment of the country-code top level domain (ccTLD), i.e. ".hk", for Hong Kong. In addition, HKIRC represents Hong Kong in international Internet forum and plays a key role in facilitating Hong Kong's e-business development.

As the administrator of ".hk" domain names, HKIRC assumes the responsibility of registration and assignment of Internet domain names ending with ".com.hk", ".org.hk", ".net.hk", ".edu.hk" and ".gov.hk" and any other Second Level Domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact our Marketing & Communication Officer, Ms Lute Yip at +852 2319 3828 / +852 2319 3824 for details.