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.IN Registration: Get It Before It's Gone

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Indian IT companies have now got an unique opportunity to market themselves

in the international arena by registering themselves with the .IN domain. This

is a good way for them to get global recognition and also get domain names

relevant to their business, rather then improvising on the ones that were

earlier available on the .COM platform.

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The concept of 'India Shining', which was brought in during the last

elections in 2004 has carried forward its flavor in 2005 as well. The IT sector

got a fillip after the .IN domain was opened for companies who wanted to shift

from the .COM platform. This .IN can be used in e-mail, web sites and other

applications. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) had set up services

to register the .IN domain names of registered Indian trademark companies. So

far, 4,122 applications have been registered.

The main reason attributed for the change of domain names is gaining

prominence in the international arena. It will give Indian firms an opportunity

to establish themselves as a global brand identity on the World Wide Web. This

will also give them the needed recognition. Since many companies are also now

venturing outside India, this will only help them enhance their roots and their

image across the world. Country specific domain names of other countries are

already visible on the Internet - like .uk, .us or .au.

KNOW HOW OF .IN



Who can register?




NIXI has appointed four registrars to book the domain names of various
companies. They are DirectI, GoodLuckDomains, Net4India and OnlineNIC. Chennai-based

Sify has also joined in as a registrar. Organizations can book their exclusive

.IN domain with either of these registrars. During the Sunrise period, which was

from January 1 to 21, 2005, preference was given to Indian trademarked companies

and Indian citizens. From February 16, 2005 onwards, the booking of .IN domain

will be open to the general public.

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How to register?



Companies or individuals desiring to have an .IN registration can apply for

the same online at any of the registrars mentioned above. An application form

has to be filled online. The domain name that is applied for has to be identical

to the word elements of the trademark service that is registered.

Domain

names for DQCI Silver Club
Top

25 Solution Providers
No

Organization name

Domain name

Availability
1 Wipro

Infotech
www.wiproinfotech.in

2 CMC www.cmc.in

3 CMS

Computers
www.cmscomputers.in

4 Datacraft

India
www.datacraftindia.in

5 Network

Solutions
www.networksolutions.in

6 Accel

ICIM
www.accelicim.in

7 Tata

Infotech
www.tatainfotech.in

8 PCS

Industries
www.pcsindustries.in

9 Frontier

Business Systems
www.frontierbusinesssystems.in

10 Apara

Enterprise Solutions
www.aparaenterprisesolutions.in

11 Tata

Consultancy Services
www.tataconsultancyservices.in

12 Allied

Digital Services
www.allieddigitalservices.in

13 Softcell

Technologies
www.softcelltechnologies.in

14 Team

Computers
www.teamcomputers.in

15 OA

Compserve
www.oacompserve.in

16 Tata

Elxsi
www.tataelxsi.in

17 PC

Solutions
www.pcsolutions.in

18 Precision

Group
www.precisiongroup.in

19 Siemens

Information Systems
www.siemensinformationsystems.in

20 Ramco

Systems
www.ramcosystems.in

21 Omnitech

Infosolutions
www.omnitechinfosolutions.in

22 Netlink

Business Systems
www.netlinkbusinesssystems.in

23 Targus

Technologies
www.targustechnologies.in

24 Ontrack

Solutions
www.ontracksolutions.in

25 SK

International
www.skinternational.in

Still

available

Booked

The Affidavit form has to be downloaded, filled completely and has to be

attested. It has to be submitted with the application form. An attested copy of

the trademark or service mark registration has to be attached too. All these

documents have to be couriered to any of the registrars.

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What is the cost?



Going for an .IN domain name will cost Rs 800 per annum. Additionally, a

non-refundable fee of Rs 250 for the application would be charged. Under the

Sunrise period, it was mandatory to have the domain application for five years.

Since the period now is over, the binding no longer remains. However, there are

different charges for buying an .IN extension like .NET.IN or .CO.IN. An .IN

extension costs Rs 400 per annum, with a separate application fee of Rs 250.

The

various extensions that are available with the .IN domain are:

  • .CO.IN
  • .NET.IN
  • .ORG.IN
  • .FIRM.I
  • .GEN.IN
  • .IND.IN
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The .IND.IN extension can be used only by individuals who

desire to have their own website.

The cost factor becomes prominent when bigger companies block

more number of sites. Each site is registered for Rs 800. Those who have

registered in the Sunrise period have paid Rs 4,000 for blocking one site for

five years. Thus, for companies having more names under its corporate umbrella,

booking the .IN domain can be an expensive affair. Don't be surprised if you

hear of an organization that spent a couple of lakhs in its bid to go for the

.IN registration.

Can I be a Registrar too?



NIXI has posted guidelines to obtain the status of a registrar on its website
www.nixi.org. A review committee screens every application that is received. The

required criteria are put on the website. The committee decides on awarding the

registrar status to a company based on the guidelines. A non-refundable fee of



Rs 50,000 is charged to be a registrar for .IN registration.

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The payments made by the registrars are accumulated in an

ICICI back account. It is being managed by four people, two of who are of the

industry and two of the government. NIXI is looking for registrars outside India

also, as a number of people outside would be interested in getting an .IN domain

name.

So, if you are an already established name in the industry,

or want to establish yourself not just in India, then what are you waiting for?

Go right ahead, and wave that virtual tricolor on the World Wide Web.

AMISHI SHAH

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