Single Character Domain Name

General

What is a Single Character Domain Name("SCDN")?

An SCDN is based on a letter in the English alphabet series Eg. A.com.sg, B.sg or C.org.sg.

Why is SGNIC only releasing SCDNs now?

There were concerns previously that SCDN will cause technical complications arising from the instability of Domain Name Systems (DNS) - a hierarchical naming system for computers, services, or any resource participating in the Internet. However, with improved technology now, operating systems and software are now able to handle such issues. More registries have also started permitting SCDNs.

What is the price of an SCDN?

The minimum price of an SCDN is SGD21,400 (including GST) if you are the only applicant for the SCDN. If there are multiple applications for the same SCDN or when there are multiple priority applicants for the same SCDN, applicants will be invited to bid online for the SCDN.

Applications

When can I apply for SCDNs?

You can apply during the Application Period indicated in Clause 2 of the Rules.

How do I apply for an SCDN?

You can apply through any SGNIC’s accredited registrars.

What must I send to the accredited registrar?

Your submission to any SGNIC accredited registrar must include a Deposit Payment Form and an Application Deposit of SGD5,000 paid by way of cheque, cashier's order or telegraphic transfer in favour of "SINGAPORE NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE (SGNIC) PTE LTD". All Application Deposit must be received in full and cleared by the Application Period deadline indicated in Clause 2 of the Rules. The applicant's name and the SCDN applied for must be indicated on the back of the cheque and cashier's order or in the case of a telegraphic transfer, the payment reference should be the SCDN applied for. Any bank charges must be borne by the applicant in full.

Why do I have to pay an Application Deposit when applying for an SCDN?

The Application Deposit of SGD5,000, submitted through any SGNIC accredited registrar, is to ensure that all applications received are genuine. It will be used to offset against the final price of SGD21,400 (including GST) if there is no bidding or against the final bid price if there is bidding.

Are applications received during the Application Period processed on a first-come-first-served basis?

No, all applications received during the Application Period will be collected together and processed as a batch.

Can I apply for an SCDN in any domain category?

Yes, SCDNs are open for all domain categories like .sg, .com.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, .org.sg, .gov.sg and .per.sg, i.e. both 2nd and 3rd level domains. However, you first need to ensure that you fully satisfy the criteria for registering under that category. To understand more about the criteria, you may wish to refer to the Registration Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

Can I claim priority for allocation?

Yes, you can claim priority for allocation provided you are the registered proprietor in Singapore of one or more Qualifying Trade Mark(s) identical to the letter of the SCDN applied for.

Why are owners of Qualifying Trade Marks given priority over other applicants?

Owners of Qualifying Trade Marks in Singapore are legally authorised to use their marks for various purposes. Their status and priority in the use of domain names similar to their marks is also recognised under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. They are thus given priority over other applicants.

How do I claim priority for allocation?

You can claim priority for allocation during the Application Period by submitting a Priority Claim Form in addition to the Deposit Payment Form through any SGNIC accredited registrar.

What happens when there are multiple registrations for the same SCDN?

During the Application Period, if there is more than one application for the same SCDN and where there are no Priority Claims, all the applicants will be invited to bid for the SCDN. Where there is more than one Priority Claim, only the qualifying priority claimants will be invited to bid for the SCDN. In the case where only one of the applicants is a priority claimant, the SCDN will be provisionally allocated to the priority claimant.

When will I know if my application is successful?

The results of all provisional allocation will be announced on SGNIC website. Please refer to Clause 2 of the Rules for the date of announcement.

When will my SCDN be activated?

If there are no objections to your allocated SCDN, your SCDN will be activated by 6:00pm 27 March 2009.

What happens if there is an objection made against my application?

Your application will be placed on hold till a decision has been reached.

Do I still need to pay any registration fee to my registrar?

Yes, you'll still need to pay a registration fee in addition to the Application Deposit or final price.

Objection

What is the procedure to follow if I wish to lodge a complaint against SGNIC's provisional allocation of an SCDN?

You can lodge an objection/complaint by submitting an Objection Form to SGNIC by the Objection Period deadline indicated in Clause 2 of the Rules. Your objection will be considered by a Panel, appointed by SGNIC, which will decide within 30 calendar days of your submission under normal circumstances.

Online Bidding

How will the bidding be conducted?

The bidding will be conducted online. Details for online bidding will be provided to bidders and training will be provided to bidders to familiarise themselves with the online bidding mechanism.

Under what circumstances will I be called to bid for an SCDN?

When there are multiple applications for the same SCDN or when there are multiple priority applicants for the same SCDN, applicants will be invited to bid for the SCDN. The one with the highest bid will be allocated the SCDN.

How do I know if I am required to bid?

You will be notified via email by 23 January 2009. Training will be provided for the bidders to familiarise themselves with the online bidding mechanism.

Payment

If I am successful in bidding for a name, how do I settle the payment? Can my Application Deposit be used to offset against my b

Yes, the Application Deposit can be used to offset against the final bid price. The Applicant will have to send their payment directly to SGNIC in accordance with Clause 10 of the Rules before the expiry of the Bid Payment Deadline stated in Clause 5 of the Rules. Failure to do so may result in the bid being disqualified and the Application Deposit being forfeited.

Payments can be made via cheque, cashier's order or telegraphic transfers in favour of "SINGAPORE NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE (SGNIC) PTE LTD". The applicant's name and the SCDN applied for must be indicated on the back of the cheque and cashier's order or in the case of a telegraphic transfer, the payment reference should be the SCDN applied for. Any bank charges must be borne by the Applicant in full.

If my bid is unsuccessful, will my deposit be refunded?

Yes, deposits will be refunded to applicants who are unsuccessful in their bidding.

If I'm the only applicant for the SCDN, when should I pay the balance price of an SCDN?

SGNIC will announce on its website the SCDNs that have been provisionally allocated. If the SCDN you applied for is listed, you must pay to SGNIC a further sum of SGD16,400 (including GST) no later than 5pm on the 14th day following the date of announcement.

Miscellanous

Does the Bundled Discount scheme apply for SCDN applications i.e. you register a 3rd-level domain name and you get any 2nd-level domain name free for the 1st year?

The Bundled Scheme still applies, however the free name given out cannot be an SCDN. Domain names need not be matching. Some examples are shown below:

  • Register A.com.sg, get abc.sg free
  • Register B.org.sg, get def.sg free
What constitutes a Qualifying Trade Mark under the SCDN launch?

A Qualifying Trade Mark is a trademark which is:

  • Registered in Singapore with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore for the single character sought to be registered as the SCDN
  • Represented only in single character and not being a device mark, word mark or numeral mark combined with a device or composite mark and without regard to any punctuation marks or spaces
  • Valid and subsisting in Singapore as of the date of application for the SCDN