Reportedly, the .Asia domains were registered at an average of over 10,000 domains everyday for the first five days upon opening of the first-come-first-served phase (Go Live) of .Asia domain registration.
The new .Asia domain is mainly popular amongst Chinese registrants followed by Australian, New Zealand, Indian and Korean registrants. While the US and Japanese registrants also appear in the top 10 list.
“We are very encouraged to see the strong demand coming from registrants in Asia, especially from China and India,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “Not only does this add to the strong foundation we have built for .Asia through the startup phases, it presents great opportunity for our registrars to expand their market in Asia. This will ultimately mean more investment into the Asia market and better realization of the vast potential for the cyber real estate industry in Asia.”
The top 5 registrars in Go Live, in order, are: GoDaddy, Mesh Digital (www.domainmonster.asia), EuroDNS (www.asiadns.asia), Direct Information and Moniker Online Services.
Also auction for domains receiving more than one Landrush application is scheduled, and will be announced shortly. Over 45,000 domains have received more than one application and will soon enter into auction between the applicants.
“The flexibility built into the .ASIA Sunrise policies and the verification process proved to be successful in accommodating the interests an expectations of brand owners and their registrars,” says Bart Lieben, who directed the process with Deloitte. “I believe this will set the benchmark for domain launches to come.”
Besides, even the .Asia Hot or Not Domains Appraisal Contest would allow picking the domain that would fetch the highest auction price for the Sunrise and Landrush auctions. The company further said that verification for all Sunrise applications received has been completed. And the final success rate of for all Sunrise applications is over 95%.