Hong Kong's Government Chief Information Officer, Stephen Mak, said the introduction of full Chinese Internet domain names would benefit e-business development in Hong Kong and promote the use of Internet in the Chinese-speaking community.
Mak made the announcement while officiating at the launch ceremony of the full Chinese Internationalised Country Code Top Level Domain.
"The introduction of the registration service for full Chinese domain names marked a significant development of the Domain Name System Internet infrastructure in Hong Kong," he said.
Mr. Mak said the Chinese domain names would enable the Chinese-speaking people around the world to access Hong Kong websites using a web address written wholly in their mother tongue. Companies with Chinese brand names could establish their cyber identities in Chinese and promote their brands to customers more easily and directly.
Encouraging portal development
"It will also encourage further development of portals and online services for the Chinese-speaking people," he said.
Mr. Mak noted that various government bureaux and departments had registered Chinese domain names. More than 250 of these were already accessible.
For example, citizens can access the Digital 21 Strategy website by typing "數碼21.政府.香港" on their Internet browser, in addition to the existing "digital21.gov.hk" English domain name. Other examples include the InfoSec website at "資訊安全網.政府.香港" and the interactive employment service website at "就業.政府.香港".
The Government has designated the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC), a non-profit-making company, to undertake the administration of the ". hk" domain names.
About 20,000 Chinese domain names were registered during the soft launch period. Public registration for the domain names is expected to open in May.
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