The domain name registration process is managed by different entities and people. The registry, registrar/reseller, and registrant. Let’s take a quick look at the responsibilities of each role:
A Domain Name Registry is responsible for managing the database of domains registered under a specific Top-Level-Domain (TLD). The registry will set forth policies for the domain name extension and work with channel partners called registrars to sell domains within the TLD. The DotAsia Organisation is the registry operator for the .ASIA TLD.
A Registrar is an entity accredited by ICANN and / or other Registries to sell domain names directly to customers who register domains – also known as the Registrants. If you own a domain name, you are a Registrant.
Note on Registrants: Registrants don’t actually “own” a domain name per se. When you register/buy a domain, you are paying for rights to the domain. Those rights may include using the domain for a website, leasing the domain to another website owner and even selling these rights to another registrant on the secondary market!
Resellers resell domain names through directly accredited Registrars.