What is changing within .CN?
Under recently announced policy, .CN domain
names will be available for registration worldwide. Previously, only registrants located in China were able to register a .CN name. CNNIC is also moving to an EPP-based real-time registration system. CNNIC has also announced a new
competitive registrar model. Previously, .CN sales agents accepted .CN registrations, but CNNIC acted as the exclusive Registrar and Registry.
Who can register .CN domain names?
We can offer .CN domain names to
registrants worldwide, including customers inside China.
Is there a Nexus requirement for Registrants?
No. Under recently
announced .CN policy, registrars may accept .CN registrations from users worldwide.
You say there are "no policy restrictions" on third-level .CN names. What does that mean, exactly?
After launch, any business or organization, worldwide, can register a .CN name under a new liberalized policy that no longer restricts .CN registrations to Chinese entities.
Does a company or organization need a subsidiary in China in order to acquire a .CN name?
Are second-level registrations (.CN) being offered in addition to third-level (.com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn) registrations?
Not at the present time, although CNNIC and NeuStar intend to accept second-level .CN registrations under a new policy in the near future. Additional details will be provided as they
What are the rules for renewals?
There is no auto-renewal operation in
.CN; thus, there is no auto-renewal grace period.
What happens when a domain name expires?
When a domain name expires, it
is immediately placed on HOLD and taken out of the zone files.
IP PROTECTION/ NAME RESTRICTIONS
What are the rules governing intellectual property (IP) disputes in the .CN domain?
CNNIC has posted a policy regarding intellectual property disputes on its website. The policy is very similar to the
Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) common in other Web domains. Visit <http://www.cnnic.net.cn/doc/e-10.shtml> to read more.
Will there be a Sunrise Period for IP protection for .CN?
Are there any restrictions on content for the .CN domain?
to the China Internet Domain Name Regulations, found online on the CNNIC website (http://www.cnnic.net.cn/doc/e-8.shtml).
Why should an international business secure a .CN name?
As the next
frontier of global e-business, .CN presents companies everywhere with an unprecedented opportunity to succeed in the Chinese marketplace. China's recent accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is proof that the Chinese economy is
taking great strides toward accessibility. Now is an ideal time for companies to protect their brand identities in .CN, and to begin making inroads into the Chinese marketplace.
What is the .CN value proposition?
.CN offers registrants the protection
of a well-established brand name in what is certain to become one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world. Further, .CN can put Chinese customers at ease, giving them the security of dealing with businesses that have a substantial,
"localized" Chinese presence as well as an international one. Finally, .CN enjoys widespread notoriety and recognition among the Chinese population.
What term lengths are available ?
.Cn Initially, NeuStar will make .CN domain names available to register for term lengths between one (1) and
five (5) years.
What is unique about .CN?
All .CN names (.com.cn, .net.cn and .org.cn)
are now available for the first time globally; now, registrants do not need to be residents of China to take advantage of these addresses.
Do you plan to offer other .CN domain names? How about Chinese language domain names?
The NeuStar/ CNNIC partnership will make com.cn, net.cn and org.cn domain names available through registrars outside of China.
Additional .CN domains may be added in the future depending on market demand and policy decisions. We will offer Chinese language domain names under .CN if and when they become available.
When is the launch?
We plans to begin accepting registrations for
.CN domain names in December of this year.
How is economic growth in China? Internet growth?
NeuStar has issued a
number of primers and white papers that contain deep research and comprehensive statistics about the state of the Chinese economy, both online and off. If you would like a copy of any or all of these, contact your NeuStar Customer Service
Are you offering any value-adds such as website translation or shipping/export advice?
We provide only registration services. Neustar has developed a publication NeuStar's .CN Guide for International Businesspeople which contains some information.
Are .CN names restricted to the Chinese market only, or it is possible to offer .CN domains to international customers also?
As mentioned above, any business or organization, located anywhere in the world, can register a .CN domain name under the new liberalized policy.
Who is CNNIC?
The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) was
founded in 1997. It is a nonprofit organization of administration and service, performing duties of the National Internet Network Information Center. The management of CNNIC is handled by the Computers Network Information Center of the
Chinese Academy of Science. CNNIC operates under the auspices of China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII), an agency that also oversees telecommunications, multimedia, broadcasting and satellite transmissions across China.
Among its many duties, CNNIC provides domain name registration, IP address distribution and autonomous system (AS) codes distribution.
What is the relationship between NeuStar and CNNIC?
CNNIC has partnered
with NeuStar to provide Registry gateway services for the .CN domain. CNNIC is the administrator of the domain, setting policy and service levels, running the .CN Whois and generating the .CN zone file.
Who runs the Registry?
CNNIC is the official administrator of the .CN Registry.
Why did CNNIC choose to partner with NeuStar?
This partnership builds on
a previously announced strategic relationship between NeuStar and CNNIC, under which the companies agreed to work cooperatively in the network convergence arena.
What is the cost of a .CN registration?
Our charge for a .COM.CN,
.NET.CN, or .ORG.CN domain registration during the startup period is US$50 for a one-year registration. Volume breaks at 51 domains ($45/domain-year) and 101 domains ($40/domain-year).