Melbourne IT has announced that, as of February 26, it can begin registering multilingual registrations for domain names in European and Latin American languages.
Melbourne IT's Internet Names World Wide (INWW) division will be offering the registration names in over 28 languages, combined with the suffix .com, .net and .org. It follows INNW's recent announcement that it would offer multilingual domain names in Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters.
Through various overseas reseller agreements, INNW expects to be the "registrar of choice on a global scale", but must first wait and see whether these registrations will be able to be anything more than the protection of brand names. Verisign Global Registry has advised domain name registrars the system is a "test-bed registration only", meaning that some names may be made invalid if the standards change during the test period. Subsequently, a multilingual name can be registered, but it cannot yet be used to locate a Web page.
Ups and downs at PEG
After slashing seven full-time staff and three contractors earlier this month, retail and Web software developer PEG Technology has appointed an e-commerce manager and announced plans for further expansion into e-commerce development.
Managing director Bruce Mackenzie recently told ARN that he would be cutting back on costs to meet the preferences of the investor community for profitability over growth. However, recent e-commerce deals with Telstra Shop Online, WC Penfolds and Gowings has meant the company is placing more resources in its e-commerce division.
As a result, Bradley Field has been appointed as e-commerce director for the Asia-Pacific region. auDA seeking commentsThe two advisory panels responsible for the future of Australian domain names that comprise the Australian Domain Administrations (auDA) have released public consultation reports for proposing changes to both domain-name policy and competition.
AuDA's name policy advisory panel has refined its discussions down to proposing the questions: "Who is eligible to obtain a .au domain and what domain name can they register?". Public comment is being sought before the panel makes final recommendations to the auDA Board in April.
Similarly, auDA's competition model advisory panel is seeking comment for its first report on introducing competition into the domain space. Both reports can be read at www.auda.org.au