May 9, 2017
Neustars’s .biz and Uniregistry’s .link and .auto were recently approved for registration by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Prior to the approval, Chinese registrars could propose registration of these new gTLDs for their Chinese customers but were prohibited from activating and hosting them in China. The hosting had to be done outside China.
Approval means that owners of domain names comprising these extensions can now apply for the relevant local license to allow their domains to be hosted in China.
According to Chinese legislation, those wishing to set up or host a commercial website in China must first obtain an internet content provider license (ICP) from MIIT. Only Chinese owned businesses with Chinese business licenses and Chinese/foreign joint ventures (less than 50% of the shares in the joint venture must be foreign owned) are eligible for such licenses.
The latest approvals are therefore good news for domain name registries still awaiting MIIT approval and for businesses seeking to increase visibility in China.
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