Webnames.ca adds new .asia domain extension to its offering

Webnames.ca adds new .asia domain extension to its offering

Vancouver, BC, February 19, 2008 - Webnames.ca Inc. is pleased to announce it is an accredited registrar for DotAsia, the new TLD dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region. Spanning from Turkey to Japan, the Asia-Pacific economic region encompasses the world’s fastest growing markets. The new DotAsia extension will provide businesses and individuals across the globe an opportunity to show presence and expand online activities to hundreds of millions of international Internet users.

Landrush for DotAsia begins tomorrow, Wednesday February 20 and runs until March 12, 2008. During the landrush registration phase the general public can apply to register available DotAsia domain names. The launch of DotAsia presents a rare opportunity for domain name entrepreneurs to secure names snapped up long ago in other TLD extensions. It also gives companies the chance to secure cogent names that appeal to the rapidly growing Asia market. "As a Vancouver based registry, Webnames.ca is especially excited to be offering this important domain extension to Canadians, particularly the thriving local Asia-Pacific business community," said Webnames.ca President Stephen Smith.

In a new twist, the DotAsia registry has partnered with Pool.com to auction names that receive multiple registration requests during the Landrush period. Previous launches have worked on a first-come, first-serve basis. Under the new system potential registrants will be treated equally with the "winner" decided based on their own sense of the value of the domain. The auction format is intended to discourage the warehousing of DotAsia domain names for eventual sale. It is anticipated that many good domain names will go for low prices when put to auction.

Webnames.ca's DotAsia price for Landrush is US $24.95 per year (two year minimum). Registrants may also opt to list Webnames.ca as their Charter Eligibility Declaration contact in fulfillment of DotAsia's presence requirements for an additional fee of US $9.95 per year.

About DotAsia Organisation

DotAsia Organisation (www.dotasia.org) is the Sponsoring Organisation and Registry Operator for the DotAsia Sponsored Generic Top Level Domain. DotAsia is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation incorporated in Hong Kong. Asia has developed into a global force in the international commercial, political and cultural network. The DotAsia domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region. For more information, visit www.dotasia.org.

About Webnames.ca Inc.

Webnames.ca Inc. is Canada's original and most experienced domain registrar. A spin-off from the Internet pioneers who founded the .CA domain in 1987, Webnames.ca is 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated. In addition to domain registration and corporate domain name management, Webnames.ca offers a growing list of Internet services. Webnames.ca's reliability is complemented by state-of-the-art systems and online tools which help customers get the most from their Internet presence. For more information, visit www.webnames.ca.

Media Contact

Julianna Horvat
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Webnames.ca Inc.
604-633-3097 ext. 148
Email: julie@webnames.ca | www.webnames.ca

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