[photopress:cnchina.jpg,full,alignright]Although the Beijing News reported that Chinese Internet users lost about 10,000 dotcom (.com) domain names due to disruption caused by the quake this has been strongly denied. The Beijing News has reported was quoting unnamed sources from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the country’s authorized domain name registration manager and administrator.
This report in the Beijing News was followed by several news reports it other media which said the recent undersea earthquake affected many owners of Chinese .com domain names. The reports said Chinese web users and companies were unable to be registered within the required time for expired domain names, causing 10,000 owners of .com domain names to lose the name due to non-registration.
But almost immediately China’s domain name managers and Internet service providers refuted these media reports. The CNNIC denied it made the remarks when contacted by China Daily.
Liu Ningbo from HiChina Web Solutions, China’s largest domain registration service provider, said the losses are only possible in ‘theory’ but not in ‘reality’. He said, Internet users are reminded at least a month before their leased domain expires and the domain names are frozen and kept for one or two months after the expiry date.
Liu Ningbo said the company suspended its registration service for international domains for two days after the quake. He said, ‘People don’t have to rush to pay the leasing fee. They can retrieve their domain names by resuming the leasing fee within the time limit.’
Liu said that he had not seen a sudden loss of international domains since the quake.
According to CNNIC statistics, China had nearly 3 million domain names as of July, of which nearly half used the .com domain and 40 % used .cn.
Sources: Blorge and China Daily
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