.asia to roll-out IDNs in 2010

DotAsia plans to release IDN .asia domain registrations in the second half of 2010 to address the pent up demand in Asia for multilingual web addresses.

The timeline for this roll-out is as follows:

  • Dec 2009: DotAsia will publish first draft of IDN policies
  • Jan-Feb 2010: Input and feedback from industry expertise and users at large will be sought and incorporated into draft policies
  • Mar 2010: IDN Sunrise and Landrush policies to be finalized (after the APRICOT meetings in Kuala Lumpur)
  • NOTE: Launch dates TBD (exact dates will be announced in March after finalization of policies)

EnCirca will provide additional details about .asia IDNs as it becomes available. Watch EnCirca’s website for updates.