|Manager:||Guangzhou YU Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd.|
The applicant failed the Initial Evaluation because of a geographic ruling by ICANN, and for failing to get government support of the gTLD. It requested and subsequently passed Extended Evaluation.
.佛山 是一个国际化地域性顶级域名。该域名已被纳入ICANN的新通用顶级域名计划。申请人为Guangzhou Yu Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd（有限公司）。该公司为黄道公司的合作伙伴之一。
Excerpted from response to question #18 in TLD application:
"Guangzhou Yuwei Technology Co. Ltd (“The Applicant”) was incorporated in China on February 27th of 2012 with a registered capital of RMB 50 million. It is officially appointed and endorsed by the Guangdong provincial government with mission and purpose of applying for the relevant geographic gTLDs upon the launch of the ICANN new gTLD program and subsequently operating and managing these geographic gTLDs.
The vision for the Applicant is to become of the first few stakeholders in the China Internet space, and also the global Internet space to manage and operate geographic TLD and through the TLD, serve the general Chinese public’s interests and promote the culture and brand of the Guangdong region via the Internet. Guangdong province is the most populous province in China, registering about 104 million residents. Its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 reached about RMB 5300 billion (USD 841 billion), an increase of 10% from last year. This is the highest among all provinces of China. The province contributes approximately 12% of China’s national economic output and is home to the production facilities and offices of a wide-ranging set of multinational and Chinese corporations.
The Applicant has chosen Zodiac Holdings Limited (“Zodiac”) as its partner to run the business operations of the registry. Zodiac Holdings Limited (“Zodiac”) was founded and incorporated in Cayman Islands by James Seng in 2008 in anticipation of the launch of the ICANN new gTLD program. Currently, it is headquartered in Hong Kong and has an operation center in Beijing, China. The team consists of experienced veterans in the global and China domain name industry like James Seng and former China Network Information Center (CNNIC) employees such as Eugene Li.
James Seng is one of the Internet pioneers in Singapore and is widely recognized as an international expert in numerous Internet areas. He is well known as the inventor of IDN and has co-chaired the IDN Working Group in IETF from 1999 to 2004, leading to the standardization of IDN.
Eugene Li, is the former Vice President of China Network Information Center (CNNIC). During his 7 years tenure at CNNIC, Eugene has launched initiatives that doubled domain name registrations and helped CNNIC become the no. 1 ccTLD and no. 2 TLD by volume. At the time when Eugene left to join Zodiac, CNNIC has over 13 million domain name registrations. [..]
The applied-for TLD “.STRING” is a geographic name, it refers to the city of “Foshan” in Guangdong Province of China. As a geographic gTLD, the Applicant intends to bring the following benefits to the registrants, Internet users and others.
First of all, the applied-for TLD will serve as a specialized and dedicated space on the Internet for Foshan people and Foshan businesses. The applied-for TLD may help to reinforce the visibility of Foshan city by putting it firmly on the online map and becoming the ʺofficialʺ Internet resource for citizens and visitors. It will become a high-profile virtual space to discuss ideas, conduct transactions, support diverse ethnic and cultural groups, and enable citizens to interact with civic departments, public officials, and elected representatives.
On the service levels, the applied-for TLD will strive to enhanced security and trust. As the steward of the Applied-for TLD, the city government will have the authority to set registration requirements for the domain names. By restricting registration of these names to vetted, legitimate registrants the stewards of Geographic gTLDs may help improve trust and confidence. [..]
Prospective registrant of “.STRING” domain names will be required to demonstrate a local presence in the STRING area."
On 09 January 2014 Guangzhou YU Wei Information Technology Co., Ltd. received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .佛山 after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.
- Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings
- Five gTLDs Fail the Geo Test, Domain Incite Retrieved 4 Oct 2013
- 3 New gTLDs Pass Extended Evaluation, Domain Incite Retrieved 02 Dec 2013
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- Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved 22 Jan 2014