Making Chinese Internet History

by Tina Dam on June 28, 2010

This past week was quite the historical change for the Internet with several additional languages moving forward in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.

With one billion people around the world using Chinese as their primary language, it means that one out of every five people on the planet can have benefit from the introduction of the newly approved Chinese extensions:

• .中国 and .中國 – CNNIC – the China Internet Network Information Center

• .香港 – HKIRC – Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited

• .台灣 and .台湾- TWNIC – Taiwan Network Information Center

This is also the first time that variants are allowed at top-level domains or extensions for the Internet. For CNNIC and TWNIC they each have two variants approved for delegation. Both organizations have over a decade in variant operational experience, and have published implementation plans that describe how the variants are to be managed. We hope to get some good experience in these launches that can be used generally for TLD variant management and help us make this available for others as well.

At lot of people are of course asking the obvious question: when will we be able to make registrations and what are the registration rules? They should be available shortly, but please go to the respective organization for the IDN ccTLD management for more details about registration rules, launches and timelines.

At the ICANN meeting in Brussels, where the ICANN Board approval took place on 25 June 2010, it was followed by a CDNC event. Everybody celebrated the newly approved Chinese IDN ccTLDs, with music and food – pictures to come.

Singapore and Syria:
This month’s IDN ccTLD string evaluation completions included Singapore and Syria, with:

Syrian Arab Republic: سورية (Arabic)
Singapore: 新加坡 and சிங்கப்பூர் (Chinese and Tamil)

This means that the two organizations now can submit their requests to have these strings delegated as new top-level domains for use in the Internet.

IDN ccTLD Fast Track Status:
All in all we have now received 31 requests for IDN ccTLDs from countries and territories. Together they represent 19 languages. Details can be found at:

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Camille (Turning Winds) 06.29.10 at 4:55 pm

A very powerful agreement that each country would benefit, it is like hitting 2 birds in one.

jon 07.01.10 at 3:34 am

Hi Tina

This is exciting news indeed. I don’t want to put a dampener on it but I think the first version of Taiwan you’ve listed may in fact be their ‘desired variant’ of the traditional version rather than the one that has actually been approved. I could be wrong (I’m no Chinese expert, by any means) but that’s my understanding.

Happy to be corrected though.


Tina Dam 07.01.10 at 10:12 am

@jon, as it turns out, you are defintiely expert enough:) Now corrected. Thanks!

KELECHI OKORIE 07.10.10 at 1:57 am

This is a right step in the right direction for a country of one billion people. However, we hope the Chinese excercise restraint in internet censorhip

Tina Dam 07.11.10 at 3:11 am

@Janet, you should contact the registry manager for the respective IDN ccTLDs to obtain that information. Some use registrars, some do not – its different per country.

You can find the contact details at:


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