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Network Solutions Strengthens Asian Hold

Domain name registrar Network Solutions Inc. Thursday expanded its presence in the Asian market by offering registration services in Japan.

The company entered into a two-year strategic agreement with Japanese publishing company ASCII Corp. to provide Japanese Internet users with domain names. ASCII will facilitate .com, .net and .org registrations by offering translation services, Web site development and local customer support for the registration service.

Modeled after its U.S. Premier Domain Registration Services program, the new service will be marketed under the name WorldNIC-JP.

"We are eager to combine our Web address expertise with ASCII's marketing strength to reach the rapidly growing Japanese Internet market in a very powerful way," said Gabe Battista, chief executive officer of Network Solutions.

"The Internet is a global medium and we see tremendous opportunities internationally to expand Internet usage starting with a dot com Web address."

Network Solutions, based in Herndon, Va., already has a significant Asian presence, with services available in China, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The company also serves several European countries.