Singapore Offers .Per-sonal Domain Names

SINGAPORE (04/13/2000) - The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) and communications company Sakon Singapore Pte. Ltd. are offering a new second-level domain -- .per.sg -- for individuals to create their own domain names, Sakon announced yesterday.

The initiative is designed to develop the potential of the noncommercial Internet market here, Sakon said in a statement.

Singapore regulates its .sg domain closely so that only registered companies can obtain domain names using the .com.sg second-level domain. Only registered nonprofit organizations can use .org.sg, and .net.sg and .edu.sg are also restricted.

In many other countries, individual users can freely register their names as Internet domain names.

Sakon is offering Singapore citizens and permanent residents a service including domain registration, Web hosting with 20M bytes of Web space, two e-mail accounts and e-mail forwarding for S$169 (US$98) per year.

The initiative will encourage new Internet users in Singapore to consolidate their e-mail under a single name rather than using multiple free e-mail services and can enable families to keep their e-mail under a single address, Sakon said.

Singapore currently has 1.69 million Internet subscribers for a population of 3.21 million, a penetration rate of 52.6 percent, according to government figures. This is the highest penetration rate in Southeast Asia.

Sakon can be found online at http://www.sakon.com.sg/.

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