Wyith to offer domain names in traditional and simplified Chinese and other non-English characters
Hongkong - August 1, 2000 - Wyith Incorporated, a top
e-business solutions provider in Asia, today announces
its plans to offer domain names in Chinese characters and other
non-English character based languages.
As the First Asian Gold Partner of Melbourne IT's Internet Names Worldwide (INWW),
Wyith Incorporated will be able to be benefitted from INWW's recent agreement
with i-DNS International to register domain names in Chinese characters
and in the near future, other non-English character based languages such
as Japanese, Arabic, Thai and Tamil. This arrangement allows
Wyith Incorporated to provide a truly international Internet experience to
INWW's parent company, Melbourne IT Ltd., says INWW has become the
first domain name registrar to offer the service and also be accredited by
ICANN - the non-profit organization which manages the Internet's
This new multilingual technology gives Wyith's customers the freedom
to capture new e-commerce opportunities by opening web access and domain name
registration to the large population of non-English communities without being
restricted by language.
Rather than trying to enforce a new multilingual address standard on the
already complicated Internet addressing system, the i-DNS technology converts
multilingual unicode domain names into ASCII to transmit IP addresses
across the Internet. As long as the transmitting server is able to convert an
address, the request should reach its destination.
While commercial use of the system is rolling out already, the technology
is not yet a global Internet standard, although Wyith and INWW believes it has a
good chance of becoming one.
As reported from INWW, this service would be extended to
other non-English character languages such as Japanese, Arabic, Thai and Tamil.
Non-executive Director of Wyith and INWW General Manager Clive Flory
said the i-DNS technology would will help drive Internet adoption amongst
the non-English speaking population.
"We are looking at the birth of the first truly international Internet
community where language is no longer a barrier," enthused Flory. "The
new system empowers non-English speaking populations to tap into the
power of the Internet and e-commerce."
"From a business perspective, it makes the marketing of Web addresses
easier and more effective," he added. "Language specific sites can market
the addresses of their site in the relevant native written language. All
people have to do is type in the domain name in that language."
While not widely used in Asia yet, the i-DNS system caused chaos in
Hong Kong earlier this year. The attraction of native-language domain
names spurred on a new domain name gold rush with speculators rushing
to register their Chinese equivalent of a business.com or wine.com
Other I-DNS's Asian partners include HKNet and 3rd Generation Network
Information Centre (3gnic) in Hong Kong, TimeNet and the Chinese
Registration Company in Taiwan, Portal Science and LGA International in
Singapore, and Internet KSC, Loxinfo and CS Internet in Thailand.
When TimeNet launched its services last December, name registrations
reportedly reached one per second. At the beginning of the year in Hong
Kong, enthusiasm was also high. Suggestions of mass cybersquatting
abounded, while i-DNS drew up a dispute resolution policy to deal with
conflicts about names reserved through its registry by licensed registrars.
About Wyith Incorporated
Founded in 1991, the company is a provider of corporate MIS applications,
backend IT services and is a strategic consultant of e-business.
The company's wholly owned division, Wyith Limited, is also a
world class leader in B2C domain-based services, including
domain registrations in over 70 countries, Web hosting and
related services. The business has serviced over 40,000 customers
worldwide, spanning 110 countries.
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