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Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone Heta; .NU Domain Calls on Customers to Send Aid

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

.NU Domain Services, All Located in the US and Europe, Also Still Running Safely and Securely

MEDFIELD, MA, January 19, 2004 – .NU Domain Ltd. today announced the successful restoration of the devastated island of Niue’s Internet link and WiFi services. On January 5th, cyclone Heta, a category 5 cyclone with winds travelling at 300 kph, ripped through the island, destroying everything in its path, including the hospital, hotels, the island’s telecommunications antenna and numerous homes. All electricity and communications links were cut and fuel storage tanks were destroyed, leaving Niueans with no communication capabilities with the rest of the world until last weekend.

Staff of the island’s Internet Users Society (IUS-N), .NU Domain’s charitable foundation set up to maintain free Internet services for the people of Niue, have worked tirelessly to restore the country’s Internet infrastructure since the cyclone hit. IUS-N administrative manager Stafford Guest, who was in New Zealand during the storm, returned to Niue on the first flight available, with replacement equipment for the Internet services and WiFi services.

“Most of the equipment survived,” said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. “That’s because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit.”

“Some WiFi antennas were lost,” said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. “But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally. (see http://www.niue.nu for more information)

Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUS-N’s activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue’s free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world’s only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island’s schools.

The cyclone in Niue caused no disruption in .NU Domain’s customers’ domain name servers, web sites and other technical services. .In order to avoid the risks associated with unpredictable and destructive storms of the South Pacific, .NU Domain has always operated its servers and operations in secure professionally managed sites in Europe and the United States.

“We knew it was critical that Niue’s communications infrastructure be rebuilt as quickly as possible. We are proud of the efforts of the team in Niue who have been working since the storm hit to restore Niue’s Internet link,” said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. “In addition, we are committed to repairing or replacing any damaged or destroyed equipment that .NU Domain has donated to Niue”

.NU Domain is calling on its customers around the world to support the aid effort through the Red Cross’s Pacific Cyclone Relief web fund. “Niue needs help now, and we urge those who want to donate money to support the New Zealand Red Cross relief effort,” said Semich. The New Zealand Red Cross have been active on the island from the start and are delivering clothes, cooking equipment and first-aid kits for those that have been made homeless. The Red Cross Cyclone relief fund can be reached through the link www.redcross.org.nz.
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 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. A portion of the registration fees for .NU domain names is allocated to pay all the costs of free Internet services in the island of Niue.

Contacts:
J. William Semich
NU Domain Ltd
+1 508/359-5600
bill@nic.nu

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

.NU Domain Services, All Located in the US and Europe, Also Still Running Safely and Securely

MEDFIELD, MA, January 19, 2004 – .NU Domain Ltd. today announced the successful restoration of the devastated island of Niue’s Internet link and WiFi services. On January 5th, cyclone Heta, a category 5 cyclone with winds travelling at 300 kph, ripped through the island, destroying everything in its path, including the hospital, hotels, the island’s telecommunications antenna and numerous homes. All electricity and communications links were cut and fuel storage tanks were destroyed, leaving Niueans with no communication capabilities with the rest of the world until last weekend.

Staff of the island’s Internet Users Society (IUS-N), .NU Domain’s charitable foundation set up to maintain free Internet services for the people of Niue, have worked tirelessly to restore the country’s Internet infrastructure since the cyclone hit. IUS-N administrative manager Stafford Guest, who was in New Zealand during the storm, returned to Niue on the first flight available, with replacement equipment for the Internet services and WiFi services.

“Most of the equipment survived,” said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. “That’s because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit.”

“Some WiFi antennas were lost,” said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. “But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally. (see http://www.niue.nu for more information)

Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUS-N’s activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue’s free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world’s only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island’s schools.

The cyclone in Niue caused no disruption in .NU Domain’s customers’ domain name servers, web sites and other technical services. .In order to avoid the risks associated with unpredictable and destructive storms of the South Pacific, .NU Domain has always operated its servers and operations in secure professionally managed sites in Europe and the United States.

“We knew it was critical that Niue’s communications infrastructure be rebuilt as quickly as possible. We are proud of the efforts of the team in Niue who have been working since the storm hit to restore Niue’s Internet link,” said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. “In addition, we are committed to repairing or replacing any damaged or destroyed equipment that .NU Domain has donated to Niue”

.NU Domain is calling on its customers around the world to support the aid effort through the Red Cross’s Pacific Cyclone Relief web fund. “Niue needs help now, and we urge those who want to donate money to support the New Zealand Red Cross relief effort,” said Semich. The New Zealand Red Cross have been active on the island from the start and are delivering clothes, cooking equipment and first-aid kits for those that have been made homeless. The Red Cross Cyclone relief fund can be reached through the link www.redcross.org.nz.

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 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. A portion of the registration fees for .NU domain names is allocated to pay all the costs of free Internet services in the island of Niue.

Contacts:
J. William Semich
NU Domain Ltd
+1 508/359-5600
bill@nic.nu

 

Source: .NU Domain Ltd

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Tiny Island-Nation of Niue, Just Miles from International Dateline in the South Pacific, is Last Place in the World to Usher Out the Millennium

ALOFI, NIUE, POLYNESIA and SHERBORN, MA, April 13, 1999 – Sani Lakatani, the Premier of the South Pacific island-nation of Niue, today announced that Mr. Patrik Algotsson of Sweden is the winner of the .NU Domain’s 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest.  Mr. Algotsson registered sodrakarr.nu (http://www.sodrakarr.nu) as the web site for the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr.  Mr. Algotsson, who plays centerfield for the team and is co-owner of the Internet consulting firm Doberman Digital Agency in Karlskroma, Sweden, will receive a $10,000 ten-day expense-paid vacation for two in the Polynesian island of Niue (http://www.visit.nu).

Niue is the country associated with the two-letter “.NU” Top Level Domain (TLD), which is the fastest growing TLD in the world (http://www.nunames.nu).

Premier Lakatani invited Mr. Algotsson and a guest to schedule their free vacation to coincide with a NU Millennium New Year’s celebration in Niue.  “I’m inviting the winners to be one of only a few people in the world to see the last sunset of 1999,” he said.  Niue is only about 100 miles from the International Dateline, and will be virtually the last place on earth where the sun will set on the second Millennium, ushering in a NU Millennium with the year 2000.

The Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest was jointly sponsored by .NU Domain Ltd, the only competitor to Network Solutions Inc.’s (NASDAQ NSOL) “.COM” Top Level Domain (TLD), and by the Internet Users Society – Niue (Internet Niue), the island nation’s nonprofit Internet Service Provider.

“Although Niue is one of the smallest nations in the world, it is also one of the worlds most beautiful scuba diving destinations, with miles of unspoiled coral and clear waters,” said Premier Lakatani, “and has excellent dolphin and whale watching opportunities.  The winners are in for an exciting experience.”

Premier Lakatani, who also serves as Minister of Tourism for Niue, said he expects the exposure given to Niue by the Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest will help promote Niue as a preferred tropical vacation spot throughout the world.  “We don’t have millions of dollars to spend on promoting our wonderful island,” he said, “but we believe the increasing popularity and visibility of the .NU Domain name on the Internet will help tourists worldwide get to know us better.” During the contest period, .NU Domain Ltd purchased over 50 million banner ad impressions promoting the contest on leading Internet Web sites including AltaVista.com, GeoCities.com and Lycos.com

“The international response from this contest has been astonishing,” said J. William Semich, president and CEO of .NU Domain Ltd, the exclusive registry for the .NU domain name.  “We doubled our monthly registration rate during the event, and now have nearly 35,000 .NU domain names active on the Internet.”

“This successful contest has brought us another step forward in our goal to become the second largest TLD in the world,” he added.  .NU is already the third largest TLD in the Asia Pacific region, just behind Australia and Japan (http://www.domainstats.com/)

Mr. Algotsson receives an all-expense paid 10-day (9-nights) vacation trip for two to the island of Niue in the South Pacific, 1,200 miles northeast of New Zealand.  Mr. Algotsson and his guest will stay at the exclusive Matavai Resort in Niue, http://www.nunames.nu/visitniue/matavai.htm, and will be able to sample a wide range of exotic island foods, as well as spend days scuba diving (http://www.dive.nu), deep water fishing and exploring Niue’s coral caves and rain forests.

“I am thrilled about winning this fabulous vacation,” said Algotsson “The tranquility of the island combined with the water sports activities makes Niue a perfect place to vacation.” Algotsson created his web site for fans of the Södra Kärr floor ball team.  Fans can follow the team’s progress as well as monitor their matches online at http://www.sodrakarr.nu which broadcasts the matches play by play.  The English translation of the Södra Kärr’s Web site URL is “The South Swampers Now,” since the Swedish word “NU” means “NOW” in English.

Thousands of Swedish Web sites have started using the .NU Domain name in order to take advantage of that meaning.  “The .NU Domain name is becoming very popular in Sweden,” said Algotsson, “because it has a really cool meaning and stands out and gets noticed.  It’s much more interesting for a sports site or a small business like mine than using “.ORG” or “.COM.”

The 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway winner was randomly selected from registrants of all currently active .NU Domains as well as thousands of entries received during the contest period, which ran from December 15, 1998 to March 31, 1999.  Users who either registered or renewed a .NU domain name at .NU Domain Ltd’s web site or through any .NU Domain Ltd registered partner were automatically qualified for the 1999 Polynesian Dream Vacation giveaway.  (See http://www.nunames.nu/contest/rules.htm for the contest rules)

Rising roughly 200 feet above the sea, partially covered with rain forest and dotted with caves and grottoes, the island of Niue is not only one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls, it’s one of the world’s smallest self-governing nations.  This tiny island, which sits in the South Pacific just south of Samoa and west of the Cook Islands, is known as “The Rock of Polynesia” by its regional neighbors and simply as “The Rock” by the 2,000 Niueans who live there.

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 the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.  It has registered about 35,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, 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 personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at http://www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at http://www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at http://www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at http://www.renault.nu, Visa International at http://www.visa.nu, International Data Group Corp.  at http://www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at http://www.coca-cola.nu, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  at http://www.goodyear.nu, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, http://www.pricewaterhousecoopers.nu, Hasbro, Inc. and Netscape Communication’s Corp.

.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, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities.  You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://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.