Afilias, one of the leading operators of gTLDs and providers of backend registry services, has announced that 20 of their gTLDs have now been approved for registration by Chinese registrants and hosting within China by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
The announcement clears the way for millions of Chinese businesses and other registrants to operate sites using these additional 15 popular TLDs which are owned and operated by Afilias.
In 2017, Afilias became one of the first western registry operators to be licensed for in-country operations by China’s MIIT with the approval of .INFO, .MOBI, .PRO, .RED, and .KIM. By 2018, there were nearly 2 million Afilias domain names registered to Chinese registrants. With last week’s announcement, 20 TLDs operated by Afilias are now available for sale by Chinese registrars.
“Afilias is excited that our China Registry Service is now supporting 20 TLDs for China,” said Kun Qian, Afilias’ China Country Head. “We are pleased that these TLDs have passed MIITs stringent requirements, and we look forward to working closely with our Chinese registrar partners to expand choice for Chinese registrants and enable them to take advantage of these globally recognized TLDs.”
“China’s domain name market is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President of Afilias, “and the addition of 15 popular new TLDs should help support even broader adoption and growth of the Internet. We are especially proud to offer .移动, which can add fuel to the rapidly expanding mobile market. The new addresses are expected to be a “win-win” for registrars and registrants.”
Afilias also provides registry services to meet the technology needs of clients who operate their own TLDs, including country codes, “dotBrands” and other generic terms. Registry operators wishing to explore the China market should contact Afilias to see if the Afilias China Registry Service might be of interest.
The 20 Afilias TLDs now available in China are:
- .移动 [dotCHINESEMOBILE]