Saying it's offering customers a jump into China's burgeoning online market, domain name registrar Easyspace Ltd. began offering preregistrations for ".cn" addresses Monday, which will be open for the taking on March 16.
The privately held registrar said that thanks to a decision made by China's Ministry of Information late last year, registration of ".cn" domains for individuals and businesses outside China have now been relaxed and automated.
The world has a new gateway to China's emerging online market, Easyspace Chief Executive Officer Erik Young said in a statement Monday.
Easyspace is offering the domains for US$26 a year, according to the company's Web site. The registrar claims that this fee represents a 30 percent discount over its competitors, which are also scrambling to get a piece of the growing Chinese market.
China currently has more than 59 million Internet users and is expected to boast 25 percent of worldwide Internet users in the next two years, Easyspace said. In anticipation of rapid growth, the registrar opened regional offices in Bangkok, Thailand last January.
Easyspace also sells a variety of other domains, including ".com," ".biz," and ".info."