SGNIC launches Chinese and Tamil domain names

Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) recently announced the launch of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). For a start, SGNIC will start accepting domain names in Chinese and Tamil language.
Registrations of IDNs can be made with any of SGNIC’s participating accredited registrars and will only be available at the 2nd level i.e. “.新加坡” and “.சிங்கப்பூர்” which represent “Singapore” in the Chinese and Tamil languages respectively.
This means that we will see entirely Chinese and Tamil domain names like http://家园.新加坡 or http://முகப்பு.சிங்கப்பூர். (I hope my Tamil is correct). It is also possible to mix English letters with Chinese words or English letters with Tamil words to form a IDNs. Which means you can have http://love华语.新加坡 or http://நான் நேசிக்கிறேன்you.சிங்கப்பூர்
But you can’t mix Chinese and Tamil together. Damn! Can’t register http://我会தமிழ் மொழி.新加坡
Phrase 1 of registration is from 4 July 2011 (9am) to 15 Aug 2011 (5pm) and is applicable for existing registrants of Chinese Domain Names.
Phrase 2 of registration is from 12 Sept 2011 (9am) to 8 Nov 2011 (5pm) and is applicable for Trademark Holders, Government Agencies and other interested entities and individuals. A priority fee of $100 for each name will apply to registrations from non-trademark holders and non-governmental agencies.
Phrase 3 of registration is from 14 Dec 2011 onwards and is applicable for all entities on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information, refer to SGNIC Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) Launch Guidelines.
Hmmm….. should I register http://帝克.新加坡 just for fun? (FYI: 帝克 means DK in Chinese. OR at least that what I think it should be in Chinese form although it’s highly debatable.)


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