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.NU Domain Supports IETF Standards, Has International Domain Names up and Running

.NU Domain Supports IETF Standards, Has International Domain Names up and Running

Friday March 14, 11:53 am ET

.NU Domain’s International Characters Require No Software Upgrade or Browser Plug-In

MEDFIELD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 14, 2003–The .NU Domain Ltd, today announced that it supports the International Domain Names (IDN) standard recently published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Since the year 2000, .NU Domain has supported local language characters for all known languages including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic Hebrew, Icelandic, and Cyrillic. Currently, thousands of customers around the world are using international characters in their .NU domain names (see examples at http://www.nunames.nu/local-language.cfm ).

Unlike VeriSign’s (Nasdaq:VRSN News ) recently announced system, which will not be available until late summer and which requires users to install a software plug-in web browser upgrade to access their international character .com domain names, accessing an international character .NU domain name is seamless and transparent to the user – no software or plug-ins need be installed.

“.NU Domain’s Multi-Lingual Web Address® service has been successfully up and running since July, 2000 and is currently being used by thousands of customers in Sweden and worldwide,” said J. William Semich, president and CEO of .NU Domain. “We have been at the forefront of implementing International domain names since the inception of our company. We believe that supporting the IETF requirements for multi-lingual characters in domain names is critical to expand Internet use to all the people of the world, not just the English speaking community.”

.NU Domain is compatible with all the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards related to IDN. Following are three recently approved RFCs (Request for Comment) that relate to the standardized implementation of IDNs from the IETF:

   --  IDNs in Applications (IDNA) RFC 3490 (published March 2003)
   --  Name Preparation (nameprep) RFC 3492 (published March 2003)
   --  Encoding Scheme (punycode) RFC 3491 (published March 2003)

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, is the leading commercial Top Level Domain Name Registry serving Northern Europe. It is also the only Top Level Domain in the world that can support the complete UNICODE international character set in Web addresses, using its unique patent-pending technology. .NU Domain Ltd targets international end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market. Besides its free blogging service at http://www.blogga.nu , .NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Service that provides a quick, five-page mini Web site, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, AOL or other personal Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU e-mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu .


Contact:

     MacSweeney PR
     Laura MacSweeney, 781/395-6420
     lmacsweeney@attbi.com

     or
     .NU Domain Ltd
     J. William Semich, 508/359-5600
     bill@nic.nu

 


Source: .NU Domain Ltd

Internet Pioneer and Former IETF Chair Dr. Paul Mockapetris Joins .NU Domain as Technical Advisor

Internet Pioneer and Former IETF Chair Dr. Paul Mockapetris Joins .NU Domain as Technical Advisor

Board of Advisors to Guide .NU Domain into the Next Millennium

Medfield, MA, November 1, 1999 — .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), one of the fastest growing Top Level Domains (TLDs) on the Internet, announced today that Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), has joined .NU Domain as Technical Advisor. The company also announced that Internet business executive, Tom Ziola, intends to join its Board of Advisers as Business Advisor.

As Technical Advisor, Dr. Mockapetris will help guide the build-out of .NU Domain’s technology and infrastructure to make it a leading TLD Registry services provider and domain name Registrar. “The goal is to build a system that can compete on service and technology with Network Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: NSOL), and is second to none for innovation,” said .NU Domain President J. William Semich. “Paul Mockapetris is one of only a handful of people with the ability to help do that.”

Dr. Mockapetris is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Urban Media Communications. He has held numerous top-level positions in successful Internet businesses including CTO for Cerent/Siara, CTO for Software.com, advisor to Ipivot, Director of Engineering for @Home, Director of the HPCC Division at USC/Information Sciences Institute, and Program Manager for Networking at ARPA.

During his career in networking, Dr. Mockapetris has developed many of the key technologies of the Internet. Dr. Mockapetris wrote the first implementation of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), was the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), and was its first implementor.

Dr. Mockapetris has a long record of service to the Internet community, including Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), membership on the US Federal Networking Advisory Council, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and Chair of the IESG. He received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

“.NU Domain has done a lot of things right over the past two years,” said Dr. Mockapetris. “And I’m pleased to have this opportunity to help them move to the next level.”

“Paul brings unmatched breadth and depth of knowledge in DNS technology and experience in Internet governance to his advisory role at .NU,” said Semich. “With his guidance, and that of other members of our Board of Advisers, we will be ready for the rapid acceleration in growth we foresee in the year 2000.”

In his role as Business Advisor to the .NU Domain, Mr. Ziola will help advise the Company on business strategy and managing future growth opportunities. Mr. Ziola has 15 years experience in venture capital, high-tech start-ups, and Internet services. He is currently Director of Business Development at Microsoft/WebTV. During his career he has successfully guided a number of high-tech and Internet start-ups through the challenges of initial launch, capital fundraising, and high-growth. He has also worked with established technology, media, and network services companies in the US and internationally. Mr. Ziola has a Stanford MBA, and degrees from both Harvard and Brown Universities.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (Nasdaq:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is one of the fastest growing TLDs on the Internet.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from names registered by large corporations including, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu to personal sites like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb™ Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

New Internet Domain Name, “.NU,” Now Available for Everyone Worldwide

New Internet Domain Name, “.NU,” Now Available for Everyone Worldwide

New Domain Name With Wide-Open Name Availability, Fast, Simple Registration Process, and Low $25 Registration Fee Now Active

Alofi, Niue, Polynesia, November 10, 1997 – The .NU Domain today announced an all-new Internet domain name, .NU, which offers a simple name registration process, instant online name assignment, a low $25 registration fee and less-than-twenty-four hour activation of newly-registered .NU domain names across the Internet’s root name servers. Unlike the depleted .com domain, with more than 1 million names already used up, the .NU Domain is an all new domain name, with wide-open availability of just about any name a new Internet user might want. The number of computers directly connected to the Internet has increased by 500% over the past three years, up from 3.2 million in 1994 to about 20 million now. More recently, the number of businesses and individuals creating Web sites has also been growing steadily, (rising by 250% in just the first six months of this year). “When you consider there can only be one “doctor.com” or just one “business.com”, it’s no surprise Internet users are clamoring for a new Top Level Domain name to register under,” said J. William Semich, technical manager of the .NU Domain. Figuring out how to register a domain name has also been a daunting task for many users who are new to the Internet, especially those outside the US where several constraints and high costs limit the availability of unique domain names. “With the .NU Domain, Internet users can have their first choice of a domain name once again, and can couple it with a cool “NU” domain name,” said Richard St. Clair, manager of the Savage Island Network, the ISP for the island-nation of Niue (pronounced “new-way”). Niue is the South Pacific source of the .NU country code for the .NU Domain.

Recent registration activity at the .NU Domain shows strong pent-up demand for a fresh, new alternative to the .com domain name. “International interest is particularly high, with about half of all .NU registrations coming from throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, France, Singapore, the Canary Islands, Australia and the Philippines, as well as from the US,” said Stafford Guest, administrative manager of the .NU Domain in Niue.

NU Internet Suffix for the Country of NIUE

In addition to the popular .com, .net and .org Top Level Domains (TLDs), Internet regulations allow for the creation of more than 200 other TLDs based on the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) two-letter abbreviations or country codes for national entities. These are the same codes used by the International Postal Service to indicate a country’s mailing address such as France (FR), Italy (IT) and Germany (DE). .NU is the Country Code TLD for the South Pacific island-nation of Niue and was just recently delegated and activated for use on the Internet. Other Country Code Domains include .UK in Great Britain, .SE in Sweden and .JP in Japan. Because Niue is a little-known country, unlike Japan or the United Kingdom, for example, its Country Code domain name carries little national identity outside its borders. It is therefor expected it will become popular not only because of its affiliation with a Polynesian island paradise, but also because of its “newness”. Examples of .NU Domain names registered for the “new” meaning include “www.really.nu“, “www.its.nu“, “www.internet.nu” and “www.so.nu.”

In addition, the word “nu” means “now” in Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Dutch) and several hundred Scandinavian users have already rushed to register names like “www.peace.nu“, “www.surfa.nu” and “www.musik.nu.”

End Users and SOHO Are Key Target Market

Several corporations have already registered .NU Domain names as secondary URLs, including dell.nu, natman.nu and scania.nu. However, the .NU Domain is principally targeting end users and the small office/home office market who are looking for a unique Internet domain name that is quick and easy to register at a low cost.

DNS Server Architecture

The .NU Domain represents an all-new approach to Internet domain name registration services. Its primary name server, ns.nic.nu, is located at a three-way multi-homed, high-bandwidth, fault tolerant 45 Mbps Internet access point in the US; it is backed by seven powerful secondary name servers located throughout the world to give its users fast international DNS lookup capability no matter where they are located. The primary name server for the .NU Domain is located at a commercial Internet access point in Boston, MA with connections to the Internet’s US backbone jointly provided by GTE Internetworking, Sprint, and UUNet. Secondary name servers are located at principal international Internet access hubs in Europe (provided by INRIA in France, the registrar for the .FR domain, by SUNET in Sweden, the registrar for the .SE domain and by EU.Net in Holland, a pan-European Internet service), in the Asia-Pacific region (provided by Telstra, the Telecom provider and primary Internet backbone service for Australia as well as for several South East Asian nations, and by the University of Wakaito in New Zealand, the registrar for the .NZ domain), by Internet Africa in South Africa, as well as by UUNet in the US, Europe and Asia.

Pricing and Availability

The initial .NU registration fee is a low $25, with an annual renewal fee of $25. The .NU Domain is now active and is accepting registrations from Internet users throughout the world. In contrast, Network Solutions Inc. charges $100 to register a .com domain name, and $50 per year after the first two years.

About The .NU Domain

The .NU Domain is managed by the Internet Users Society – Niue, and the Savage Island Network in Niue, with cooperation from the government of Niue. Key players in launching the .NU Domain include J. William Semich, technical manager in the US, Stafford Guest, administrative manager in Niue and Richard St. Clair, founder of the Savage Island Network in Niue and the primary force behind bringing the Internet to Niue. Semich is also an editor at Mecklermedia Corp’s Internet newspaper, Web Week. St. Clair is also a Peace Corp. volunteer who managers Niue’s government computing systems. Guest is also the editor and publisher of the Niue Economic Review and is the Niue correspondent for New Zealand International Radio.

The .NU Domain offers a robust but low-cost alternative to the .com domain name in an international model which targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. Current .NU registered customers are located in more than a dozen counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US. To access the .NU registration service please visit our web site at www.nunames.NU. Samples of Web pages developed by .NU Domain customers include www.investor.nu, www.tv.nu and www.internet.nu. For additional .NU URLs, see www.webs.nu.