Free Pre-Registration of sg-domains at Second Level

by : Hans Peter Oswald

Cologne,13 August 2004. ICANN accredited registrar Secura announces today, that the company is accepting free pre-registration of sg-domains at second level. ()

Singapure is the financial centre of the Far East. The registry has decided to introduce sg-domains at second level since 15 September 2004.

Part of the rule that gives priority to register 2nd level names of ?.sg? is the ownership of an existing 3rd level name ( / / / / The cut off date for 3rd level name to be entitled to the priority to register 2nd level names is 6 September 2004 before 5 pm. Therefore all 3rd level name had to be registered before this period to enjoy the priority in this category.You can influence the chance to get a second level sg-domain by registering now a third level domain. (Please note that there are other priority before this category which will be explained in details under item 3.3)


3.1 During the Sunrise Period all individuals and entities are eligible to apply for any second-level domain name. Applicants will be required to submit a declaration form (form to be published soon) together with supporting documents, if any, indicating their status (i.e. trademark holders, Unregistered well-known trademark Holder, government bodies, existing registrants or new applicants). This form has to be submitted to +49 221 2571213 via fax.

The sunrise period is 1 ? months for the application of second-level domain names under the top level domain of .sg. Applications for second-level domain names during the Sunrise Period will not be processed on a first-come-firstserved basis but will be processed subject to the requirements and procedures set out in the following guidelines.

3.2 Where there are two or more applicants for the same second-level domain name the priority for allocation will be determined at the end of the Sunrise Period in the following order:

  1. Holders of registered trademarks. Holders of word marks which are registered with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

  2. Unregistered Trademarks, which belong to Holders of well known trademark holders

  3. Government Organisations that have a current Registrant Agreement with SGNIC in relation to a current third level domain name registered under the ? category and is identical to the second level domain name that they want to register. For example, in the case of holder of, the second level domain name it wants to register would be

  4. Applicants that have a current Registrant Agreement with SGNIC in relation to a current third level domain name registered under the ?com/org/net/edu/ categories and is identical to the second-level domain name that is under application (i.e. existing 3rd level registrants). For example, in the case of holder of, the second-level domain name it wants to register would be The third-level ?.sg? domain name with SGNIC must be registered before 5:00pm on 6 Sept 2004. The name applied under the 2nd level must be exactly the same as the one under the 3rd level and the organization name and/or first name, last name (for the case of must be an exact match of the one provided by the 3rd level domain name. In addition, the domain must be in ?Active? status. Submission for domains in ?Expired? or ?Deleted? status will not be considered for application.

3.3 Where there are two or more applicants for the same second-level domain name within each of the Group, a bidding will be conducted to allocate these second-level domain names.

3.4 All individuals and entities are eligible to apply for second level ?.sg? domain name. Foreign-based registrants have to appoint a local administrative contact or register through their local office.Secura is providing automatically the local administrative contact.

4.1 The restrictions on the types of domain names to be registered are the same as the 3rd level domain names specifically:

  1. Names, which contain certain words such as ?Temasek?, ?Singapore?, ?Singapura? and its variation, ?Singapore Government? or ?President? or any other words that can mislead people to think there is link to the Government; Names, which contains ?SGNIC?, ?NIC? and its variations; Names, which are obscene, scandalous, indecent or contrary to law, or morality (e.g. ?sex? or any connotations with sex or any sex-related activities);

  2. Names, which are geographical names or names of countries (e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, etc.);

  3. Abbreviated names (either on their own or in combination with other characters) of existing generic top-level domain name (gTLDs) (i.e. .com, .org, .net, edu, .gov, .per, .aero, .coop, .biz, .info, .museum, .name and .pro) and any other gTLDs created or to be created by ICANN in the future; Names, such as ?www?, ?http?, ?https? or ?http-www?; Names, which are similar or identical to domain names registered under other domain name space and which SGNIC deems undesirable; and Names, which consist of all numerals.


SGNIC does not guarantee that all applicants will get a second-level domain name based on their current corresponding identical third level domain name registered with SGNIC even if the applicants apply correctly and on time. This is either because another applicant with a higher priority may have also applied for the same secondlevel domain name or the second-level domain name applied for has been reserved by SGNIC not to be available to the general public.


6.1 An objection period of [14 calendar days] is provided for the public to raise objections

6.2 A person raising an objection to an allocation result shall provide evidence that the second-level domain name allocated by SGNIC during the Sunrise Period did not comply with the Guidelines.

6.3 All disputes in relation to second-level domain names (except disputes arising from the allocation results announced during the Sunrise Period) will be dealt with in accordance with the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Rules and Supplemental Rules (?Dispute Resolution Policy?) referred to in the Registrant Agreement regardless of when the second-level domain name was registered. All applicants shall not commence any court proceedings or administrative proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Policy during the objection period or if the person had filed an objection with SGNIC.


Applications from public on first-come-first-served basis will commenced on 3 Jan 2005. The pre-registation at starts on 14 August 2004.

Hans-Peter Oswald