HKIRC ANNOUNCES THE COMMENCEMENT OF SECOND-LEVEL '.HK' DOMAIN NAME PRIORITY REGISTRATION PERIOD FROM 26-JAN-04 TO 19-MAR-04

HONG KONG, 26th January 2004 - Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited ('HKIRC') and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited ('HKDNR'), jointly announce today the launch of the new Second-Level '.hk' Domain Name ('2LD').

In line with the global trend of introduction of Second-Level Domain Name by leading country code top level domain name registries and at the same time, considered that many common names have already been registered under the existing 3rd Level domain name categories, HKIRC has decided, after thorough planning, to launch the new 2LD to better serve the public by offering more choices on '.hk' domain names.

Compared with the existing 3rd level categories (eg 'yourname.com.hk'), the new 2LD refers to a shorter domain name category (eg 'yourname.hk') which accepts registrations from organizations and individuals from both local and overseas.

The 2LD launch starts with an 8-week Priority Registration Period from 26-Jan-04 to 19-Mar-04. During this period, only applications from holders of Hong Kong trademarks / service marks registered with The Trade Mark Registry under the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of the Government of HKSAR will be accepted. The applied domain names should be an exact match with their corresponding marks. If more than one application is received during the Priority Registration Period, priority will be given to applicants who have currently registered 3rd level '.hk' domain names with the earliest commencement date of registration. If no applicant has a 3rd level domain name with an exact match with the applied Second-Level '.hk', decision will be made by Random Selection.

After the Priority Registration Period, there will be a Pre-Registration Period from 6-Apr-04 to 7-May-04, followed by the Sunrise Period from 17-May-04 to 28-May-04. The official launch date of 2LD will be 31-May-04. For details on the launch schedule and registration arrangement of 2LD, please go to http://www.hkdnr.hk/eng/2ld/2ld.htm.

Online registration for 2LD is available at http://www.hkdnr.hk/hkdnr on 26-Jan-04 at 12:00 noon. Interested parties can contact us at +852 23191313 or by email to enquiry@hkirc.hk for further information.

The 2LD launch starts with an 8-week Priority Registration Period from 26-Jan-04 to 19-Mar-04. During this period, only applications from holders of Hong Kong trademarks / service marks registered with The Trade Mark Registry under the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of the Government of HKSAR will be accepted. The applied domain names should be an exact match with their corresponding marks. If more than one application is received during the Priority Registration Period, priority will be given to applicants who have currently registered 3rd level '.hk' domain names with the earliest commencement date of registration. If no applicant has a 3rd level domain name with an exact match with the applied Second-Level '.hk', decision will be made by Random Selection.

After the Priority Registration Period, there will be a Pre-Registration Period from 6-Apr-04 to 7-May-04, followed by the Sunrise Period from 17-May-04 to 28-May-04. The official launch date of 2LD will be 31-May-04. For details on the launch schedule and registration arrangement of 2LD, please go to http://www.hkdnr.hk/eng/2ld/2ld.htm.

Online registration for 2LD is available at http://www.hkdnr.hk/hkdnr on 26-Jan-04 at 12:00 noon. Interested parties can contact us at +852 23191313 or by email to enquiry@hkirc.hk for further information.