Auckland domain name specialist 2Day Internet has been named by Network Solutions (NSI) as a "premier partner" under a worldwide scheme to sign up companies to offer services related to .com, .net and .org names.
NSI has signed up about 120 such partner companies in 30 countries, as it moves to prepare for life after its US government-annointed monopoly on registration for the major generic top-level domains.
Companies signed up to NSI's International Premier programme receive access to its domain name registration services along with dedicated account management and customer service supporting multiple languages and time zones.
Gary Hayward, NSI's vice president for international sales and strategic partnerships, praises the New Zealand Internet environment, which boasts the most domain name registrations per capita in the Southern Hemisphere.
"Although New Zealand only has a population of 3.5 million, it provides a fertile ground for Internet growth. New Zealand has a high penetration of PCs, a well educated population, a wide Internet user base, good Internet access and English as its language. All of these conditions have contributed to the very strong demand for domain names and Internet Services."
A statement from 2Day cites a Nua Internet study, which found the number of Internet users in New Zealand exceeds 561,000, just over 16% of the total population. 2Day Managing Director Peter Mott says most New Zealanders still do not appreciate the value a globally recognized dot com address can add to their business.
"Many businesses in New Zealand believe dot com is only available to U.S. residents," says Mott. "We are now leveraging our resources and agreement with Network Solutions to promote .com, .net and .org along with .nz registrations."
2Day Internet is at www.2day.com
Network Solutions is at www.networksolutions.com