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Land Rush for Two Chinese gTLDs Meaning .Online and .Website Ends Thursday - General Availability Begins Monday

TLD Registry Ltd., the company that is introducing two new Chinese language TLDs - .在线 (.online in Chinese) and .中文网 (.website in Chinese) - has announced that general availability for domains in those extensions will open Monday, April 28 at exactly 13:00 UTC (Greenwich Mean Time) which would be 9am U.S. Eastern time and 9pm in China.

General availability will follow the Land Rush 

phase of the rollouts that ends Thursday (April 24) at 03:55 UTC. That is 11:55am Thursday in China but will actually be tonight at 11:55pm in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone. There will be a three-day break between Land Rush and General Availability so TLD Registy Ltd. can analyze contended Land Rush registrations.

TLD Registry's CMO, Simon Cousins, told me, "We have booked $584,000 in premium domain name sales since our first day of Land Rush, March 20th. Our hybrid live-online auction raised $182,000 and another $402,000 has been privately negotiated in the last three weeks. You'll be seeing fully developed premium domain name sites going live in only a couple of weeks. We're looking forward to congratulating the first premium site to go live."

Cousins added, "Our strategic partnership agreement with .CLUB is working out great for both parties. The .CLUB machine is giving us strong support in English speaking territories and we're reciprocating in Chinese speaking parts of the world. We are expanding our strategic partnerships with 

agreements in the final stages of negotiation with a very complimentary Chinese registry, and another with a complimentary western registry."

(Posted April 23, 2014)

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