Neustar Registry Now GoDaddy Registry

Back in April it was announced GoDaddy was acquiring Neustar’s registry services, and this week it was announced in a blog post on the new GoDaddy Registry website the deal had closed.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the GoDaddy family – and about the future experiences we’ll bring to customers,” wrote Nicolai Bezsonoff, VP GoDaddy Registry and who now heads the registry team.

“In addition to enhancing our high-performance registry infrastructure, technical platforms and threat mitigation service, GoDaddy is committed to bringing the same kind of customer-driven innovation to the Registry market as it has brought to the retail domain market over the past 20+ years. This innovation will drive our business forward and positively impact the entire domain ecosystem and the global internet community.

“Today, more than ever, people around the world rely on the internet infrastructure we provide to stay connected to their jobs, education, friends and loved ones. We are proud of the role we play in supporting people, entrepreneurs and businesses large and small, especially during this pandemic. While the work we do is largely invisible, our team is busy behind the scenes ensuring that people can safely, quickly and reliably connect, communicate and transact business online, without interference from bad actors or technical disruption.

“And this commitment will continue. At GoDaddy Registry, our team is building a platform for future innovation and growth; one that will empower people to bring their ideas to life online with more choice and value in digital naming options. We believe fostering more innovation and competition for TLDs will benefit consumers and the broader industry by accelerating adoption of new domain extensions.”

The new Godaddy Registry has taken on the 207 new gTLDs that Neustar had provided backend registry services for with over 2.7 million domains under management, according to nTLDstats, the largest being .club, .buzz and .cloud. They’re the fourth largest new gTLD backend registry provider by DUM and second largest by new gTLDs. The acquisition also included top-level domains (TLDs) and country codes (ccTLDs), taking the total number of domains under management to around 12 million.

As I previously reported when the acquisition was announced, the opportunity was also welcomed by long term Neustar, and formerly AusRegistry, employee George Pongas who commented on his LinkedIn profile back in April “This is so exciting! I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my professional career.

“On the one hand, I am very sad to be leaving Neustar, Inc.,” Pongas, now GoDaddy Registry’s Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Business Development, told me. “What an awesome company to work for! I’ll miss the senior leadership team and all of my colleagues too. Thank you, Neustar!”

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