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Member Profile: .tw

Full Name of Registry: Taiwan Network Information Center

Contact details (address, phone, fax, general enquiries):

Address: 4F-2, No. 9, Roosevelt Road, Section 2, Taipei 100, Taiwan

Phone: +886-2-23411313

Fax: +886-2-2396-8832

General enquiries: +886-2-23413300 (phone); +886-2-23968801 (fax)

Founding date: 29 December 1999

Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Registry/Registrar system

Number of domain names: 426,059 (as of June 2009)

History: TWNIC is responsible for both .tw domain name registration and address space allocation in Taiwan. The establishment of TWNIC can be broken down into three major stages:

Stage 1: March 1994 to June 1996, Taiwan Network Information Center established as a 2-Year experimental program.

Stage 2: June 1996 to April 1998, TWNIC was administrated by the Computer Society of the ROC (CSROC).

Stage 3: TWNIC was officially registered as a corporation on 29 December 1999.

As a non-profit organization, TWNIC's primary functions and responsibilities are (1) to provide .tw domain name and IP/ASN registration and management, as well as directory and database access; (2) to coordinate and facilitate activities and cooperation between national and international Internet-related organizations; (3) to assist the industry in the promotion of nationwide Internet use, and coordinate the exchange and integration of Internet information services.