The German ccTLD registry DENIC is to split its non-member business areas from its core business of running the .de registry, the organisation announced last Friday. The change is happening because its non-member complementary business does not comply with its statutory Cooperative assignment – the management and operation of the .de top level domain.
In recent years DENIC has taken on operations such as Data Escrow Services, DNS Anycast Services and Direct Services which will be split off and put into another wholly DENIC owned subsidiary in the second half of 2018.
The new subsidiary company, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG, shall pursue the goal of developing, establishing and operating new and existing business lines within the Cooperative’s core areas of expertise and fields of interest.
After the start of its operative business in the second half of 2018, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG shall initially take care of the DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services and Direct Services units. Revenues of the subsidiary shall also be used to support such projects or initiatives that advance the interests of the overall Internet community.
Domain holders having registered their .de country code top level domain names with DENIC Direct Services, instead of via a registrar, shall in the future be served by the new affiliate company’s customer care team, that shall act as the parent company DENIC eG’s processing agent. Yet, DENIC eG shall remain party to all domain contracts under .de, including those of direct customers.
Moreover, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG shall take over from DENIC eG the provision of DNS anycast services that DENIC eG is currently providing to third-party top-level domain operators, as well as the provision of data escrow services that DENIC eG is currently offering to new generic top-level domain operators and registrars, and which it shall no longer be offering once its subsidiary will have launched operations.
The subsidiary company shall utilise, on a fee-paying basis, its parent DENIC eG‘s technical infrastructure. Clients using DENIC’s DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services or Direct Services shall consequently be able to continue benefitting from DENIC eG’s technical expertise, whilst customer care then provided by DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG shall be tailored even more specifically to their particular needs.
The sole shareholder and general partner of DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG shall be the parent company DENIC eG.