Bulgaria Leads Europe in Native Language Web Addresses

Business | March 31, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00
Bulgaria Leads Europe in Native Language Web Addresses P.J.Lee (L), Korean Neptia CEO, presented in Sofia the Native Language Internet Address service. Bulgaria will be the first country in Europe to implement the new service. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (novinite.com)

For the first time in Europe a Native Language Internet Address (NLIA) service was launched in Bulgaria.

The pilot service Bulgarian language Internet address was presented by the developers- the Korean company Neptia, supported by ICT Development Agency at the Bulgarian Transport Ministry. The Bulgarian Research Network will also assist in the implementation of the new service.

P.J.Lee, Neptia founder and CEO, said that Bulgaria was chosen because of the traditionally good relations and professional collaboration between the two countries. He also pointed out that he believes that the Balkan countries will be one of the world leaders in IT technologies within three or four years.

The new service will give many Bulgarians the chance to obtain easier access to the sites of different institutions, companies and services. A free test period of 6 months was announced. The new service is offered in 95 different languages.

All experts gathered at the conference in Sofia agreed that it would certainly boost economic cooperation between Bulgaria and Korea.

NLIA is an innovative way of browsing the net. NLIA solutions allow users to secure direct access to specific Internet addresses by typing in their native language Internet address instead of typing URLs.

Orlin Kouzov, ICT Development Agency CEO, and Rossitza Petrova, IST Foundation CEO, pledged that Bulgaria's government would offer a complete support to the new project.

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