.CN domain names available for overseas registrants again

Singapore based domain registrar IP MIRROR to provide China domain service for overseas registrants. With effect from Monday 13 Feb 2012, 09:00 hrs (GMT +8), individuals and organisations registered in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia will be able to directly own China domains including any level .CN, .中国, .公司 and .网络. without subscribing to any Local Presence service. Upon passing CNNIC’s auditing process, these domain names will be allowed to resolve to active websites and email addresses by removal of server-hold status.

Notice of Correction: Registrants for Active China Domain Names Must Be Organisations

There was an error in the newsflash released by IP MIRROR on 11 Feb 2012. Please be informed that this new launch for resolvable China domain names for overseas registrants is only applicable to ORGANISATIONS only, and NOT individuals.

(See report “CNNIC域名新政策拟允许部分国家地区人士注册.CN域名“)

Domain names registered by foreign entities can be activated for live sites after having passed CNNIC’s auditing. These sites are expected to remain compliant to CNNIC policies governing website contents throughout their lifetime or risk suspension by CNNIC if discovered to be non-compliant at any time.

CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), the administrative agency responsible for China’s Internet affairs, suspended Chinese individuals and foreign entities registering .cn domains in January 2010, after a series of radical market promotions in which .cn domains were sold at the price of 1 yuan for the first year. In its attempt to save the reputation of China’s domains, CNNIC announced an indefinite suspension all “.CN” registrations from overseas registrars in 2010. The active .cn websites have significantly decreased since the suspension.

Applicants under this new scheme will be requested to submit the following:

Registrant business registration number
Identification (ID) number of the contact person. Contact ID provided must be identical to data provided in Registrant Contact field for the respective domain name.
Scanned coloured copy of the Registrant’s business certificate in .jpg format, max. file size 500KB
Scanned coloured copy of the contact person’s ID, in .jpg format, max. file size 500KB
Scanned coloured copy of Letter of Commitment, in .jpg format, max. file size 500KB
Valid ICP Number if websites are hosted in servers located in China

The new offer of IP MIRROR has been made available to Registrants in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Australia only.