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introduces numeric domain names
The Singapore Network
Information Centre (SGNIC) will be introducing pure numeric domain names to
link websites to businesses, organisations and even personal pages.
Internet users can soon look up website addresses easily with just numbers,
and website owners can use their favourite numbers as their website
While alphanumeric domain names already exist, (eg, www.in2015.sg), fully
numeric ones like www.123.sg have not been allowed till now. The restriction
stemmed from the early days of the Internet, when there were concerns that
pure numeric domain names could be confused with Internet Protocol
addresses, especially with the early operating systems and software used
With the rapid advancement in technology, today's operating systems and
software are more intelligent and resilient in differentiating and working
between domain names and IP addresses. More registries around the world have
also started to permit the use of pure numeric domain names, including China
and South Korea.
SGNIC, the national registry for domain names, will now also allow pure
numeric domain names in all the seven .sg categories (ie. .sg, .com.sg, .net.sg,
.org.sg, .gov.sg, .edu.sg, .per.sg). The registration for pure numeric
domain names will be phased accordingly:
05 November – 28 December 2007: Trademark owners can register for pure
numeric domain names during this period. Example: A company with "123" as
its trademark will get priority for 123.sg, or in any other .sg domain
18 January – 22 February 2008: Bidding process will take place during this
period for domain names with multiple applications.
27 March 2008 onwards: General launch, with allocations on a first-come,
Just as there are prized car numbers and mobile phone numbers, domain names
with certain numeric significance will also have a price premium attached to
them. There are three such categories identified as platinum, golden and
silver numeric domain names.
SGNIC general manager Lim Choon Sai said: "Pure numeric domain names are
gaining popularity around the world, especially in places like China,
Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
"Amid these numeric domains are some number patterns that may be sought
after because they have a familiar ring about them. Some might even be
deemed as auspicious, especially within the Asian culture. These platinum,
golden and silver domain names will join the spectrum of colourful website
addresses that make up Singapore's vibrant online scene. We are definitely
looking forward to see some creative uses of numeric domains."