Internet addresses ending in ''.asia'' will be open to governments and trademark owners starting in October, with general registrations coming in 2008.
The initial round, which starts Oct. 9, is limited to governments desiring geographical names such as ''china.asia'' and those with trademarks applied before March 16, 2004, and actively in use. Registrations for other trademarks and for company names begin Nov. 13.
The Internet's key oversight agency for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, approved the ''.asia'' domain in October.
DotAsia Organization Ltd., an organization made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, will operate ''.asia,'' which it sought as a way to unify businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region.