Webnames.ca adds new DotAsia domain extension to its offering

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Webnames.ca Inc. is pleased to announce it is
an accredited registrar for DotAsia, the new TLD dedicated to the Asia-Pacific
region. Spanning from Turkey to Japan, the Asia-Pacific economic region
encompasses the world's fastest growing markets. The new DotAsia extension
will provide businesses and individuals across the globe an opportunity to
show presence and expand online activities to hundreds of millions of
international Internet users.
    Landrush for DotAsia begins tomorrow, Wednesday February 20 and runs
until March 12, 2008. During the landrush registration phase the general
public can apply to register available DotAsia domain names. The launch of
DotAsia presents a rare opportunity for domain name entrepreneurs to secure
names snapped up long ago in other TLD extensions. It also gives companies the
chance to secure cogent names that appeal to the rapidly growing Asia market.
"As a Vancouver based registry, Webnames.ca is especially excited to be
offering this important domain extension to Canadians, particularly the
thriving local Asia-Pacific business community," said Webnames.ca President
Stephen Smith.
    In a new twist, the DotAsia registry has partnered with Pool.com to
auction names that receive multiple registration requests during the Landrush
period. Previous launches have worked on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Under the new system potential registrants will be treated equally with the
"winner" decided based on their own sense of the value of the domain. The
auction format is intended to discourage the warehousing of DotAsia domain
names for eventual sale. It is anticipated that many good domain names will go
for low prices when put to auction.
    Webnames.ca's DotAsia price for Landrush is US $24.95 per year (two year
minimum). Registrants may also opt to list Webnames.ca as their Charter
Eligibility Declaration contact in fulfillment of DotAsia's presence
requirements for an additional fee of US $9.95 per year.

    About DotAsia Organisation:

    DotAsia Organisation (www.dotasia.org) is the Sponsoring Organisation and
Registry Operator for the DotAsia Sponsored Generic Top Level Domain. DotAsia
is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation incorporated in Hong Kong.
Asia has developed into a global force in the international commercial,
political and cultural network. The DotAsia domain aspires to embrace this
dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding
ground for Internet activity and development in the region. For more
information, visit: www.dotasia.org.

    About Webnames.ca Inc.

    Webnames.ca Inc. is Canada's original and most experienced domain
registrar. A spin-off from the Internet pioneers who founded the .CA domain in
1987, Webnames.ca is 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated. In addition to
domain registration and corporate domain name management, Webnames.ca offers a
growing list of Internet services. Webnames.ca's reliability is complemented
by state-of-the-art systems and online tools which help customers get the most
from their Internet presence. For more information, visit www.webnames.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Julianna Horvat, Marketing Coordinator,
Webnames.ca Inc., (604) 633-3097 ext. 148, julie@webnames.ca

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