There were concerns previously that pure numeric domain names will cause operational issues arising from confusions with Internet Protocol addresses. However, with the improved technology now, operating systems and software are now able to handle such issues. More registries have also started permitting NDNs.
Premium NDNs are numbers which are deemed to have a greater perceived value than others. There are 3 categories of premium numbers, namely Platinum, Golden and Silver numbers. All other numbers are termed as Ordinary numbers, as shown in the table below:
A more comprehensive reference table can be found here. Minimum base bids indicated are before prevailing GST rates.
There are only 10 platinum NDNs available in each domain name category. Due to their rarity, such succinct and easily-identifiable platinum NDNs are regarded as more valuable compared to other premium and ordinary NDNs. We believe that the fees for platinum NDNs are sufficient to reflect the economic value of such domain names.
The purpose of the sunrise period is to avoid any potential rush in applying for NDNs and also to cater for an initial period whereby the owners of trademark rights could pre-apply to claim priority for their trademark rights in respect of these new NDNs.
No, SGNIC presently does not allow registrations of single alpha-character domain name. SGNIC reviews its policies regularly and may remove the restriction in future.
No, you may approach any of SGNIC’s accredited registrars to register for a NDN.
No, all applications received during the Sunrise Period will be collected together and processed as a batch. This is to allow SGNIC to allocate the domain name according to the allocation priorities highlighted in Sections 4 and 5 of the Guidelines.
Yes, NDNs are open for all domain categories like .sg, .com.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, .org.sg, .gov.sg and .per.sg, i.e. both 2nd and 3rd level domains. However, you first need to ensure that you fully satisfy the criteria for registering under that category. To understand more about the criteria, you may wish to refer to the Registration Policies, Procedures and Guidelines. Foreign-based registrants have to appoint a local administrative contact or register a local office.
No, there is no limit to this.
Yes, during the Soft Launch, NDNs are limited to a maximum of 11 digits. After the soft launch, the maximum number of digits for NDNs will be limited to 63 digits which is the maximum length for domain names in general.
SGNIC follows the common practice in Singapore. For example, a toll free contact number in Singapore is 1800-XXX-XXXX. Hence, SGNIC limits NDNs to 11 digits for this soft launch. After the soft launch, the maximum number of digits for NDNs will be 63 digits which is the maximum length for domain names in general.
You can start registering from 5th November 9:00am onwards with any of SGNIC’s accredited registrars. However, please note that premium NDNs will only be made available during the Sunrise Period. Any premium NDNs not allocated during the Sunrise Period will be reserved by SGNIC and subsequently released again for bidding at a later suitable time.
During the Sunrise Period, if there is more than one application for the same NDN, there will be a process of priority allocations, as shown below. Priority applicants also need to submit a Priority Claim Form (to be linked to Priority Claim Form) before the end of the Sunrise Registration Period. Priority claimants recognized are holders of registered number marks; and where there are multiple applicants, to the highest bidder. Number marks need to be registered with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
This is best explained by the following examples:
(a) The numbers "123" is a number mark already registered in Singapore. Its proprietor submits an application to register the NDN "123.sg". There are also submissions from others applying to register "123.sg". SGNIC will allocate the NDN to the trade mark proprietor.
(b) The NDN "123.sg" is being applied for by a new registrant. There are no other applications for this NDN. SGNIC will allocate the NDN to the applicant.
Owners of registered number marks or trademarks in Singapore are legally authorized to use their marks for various purposes. Their status and priority in the use of domain names/numerals similar to their marks is also recognized under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. They are thus given priority above other applicants.
The results of all allocations will be announced on the SGNIC website on 25 February 2008. There will a period of 2 weeks from the announcement date till 10 March 2008 provided for the public to raise any objections to any allocation decision.
If there are no objections to your allocated NDN, your NDN will be activated on 27 March 2008.
Your application will be placed on hold till a decision has been reached.
When there are multiple applications for the same NDN or when there are multiple priority applicants for the same NDN, applicants will be invited to bid for the NDN. The one with the highest bid will be allocated the NDN.
You will notified via an official letter/email by 17 January 2008. Training will be provided to bidders to familiarise themselves with the online bidding mechanism.
You can lodge an objection/complaint against SGNIC's decision by filling up an Objection Form and sending it to SGNIC. The Objection Form must be submitted within 14 calendar days from the announcement of SGNIC's allocation results. Your objection will be considered by a Panel which will decide within 30 calendar days of your submission under normal circumstances. The decision of the Panel will be final.
All disputes will be dealt with in accordance with the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Rules and Supplemental Rules referred to in the Registrant Agreement.
Yes, on top of the allocation or final bid price, the normal domain name registration fees will still be payable to your registrar.
The bid deposit is to ensure that all applications received (and which are subject to bidding), are sincere.
The final price, less the bid deposit submitted, must be paid to SGNIC before the expiry of the Bid Payment Deadline. Cheque, cashier’s order and money order are accepted. They are to be made payable to "SINGAPORE NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE (SGNIC) PTE LTD". The applicant’s name and the NDN applied for must be indicated on the back of the cheque, cashier’s order and money order. Payment must be within 14 calendar days after.
Yes. All bid prices and allocation fees are exclusive of GST.
Yes, deposits will be refunded back to applicants who are unsuccessful in their bidding.
No, for non-premium NDNs, the allocation fees are only applicable during the soft launch. Premium NDNs not allocated during the Soft Launch will be reserved by SGNIC and released at regular intervals for future bidding. Allocation fees may apply during such future bidding periods at SGNIC’s sole discretion.
The following NDNs are not available for any applications unless otherwise allowed by SGNIC:
|Prefix||Reserved in which category||Remarks|
|1900||.sg, .com.sg||These NDNs were registered before fully numeric domain names were restricted previously.|
where X represents any number from 0-9
|All categories: .sg, .com.sg, .net.sg, .gov.sg, .org.sg, .edu.sg, .per.sg||Emergency numbers and similar public service numbers are reserved so as to avoid any potential misuse and confusion.|
|1777||All categories: .sg, .com.sg, .net.sg, .gov.sg, .org.sg, .edu.sg, .per.sg|
The Bundled Scheme still applies. Domain names need not be matching. Some examples are shown below:
A qualifying trademark is a trademark which is: