Afilias made the jaw dropping announcement to registrars this week that the .au wholesale, or registry fee, is being reduced by a whopping A$0.05 or 0.63%.
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ASPI Launches Website and eMail Security Check Tool .auCheck
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) recently launched .auCheck to help internet users check their website, email and internet connections for use of the latest and most secure internet standards. It’s aimed at .au domain names but appears to be able to check domain names in any top-level domain. And the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, and registry, Afilias, don’t come out well.
Former .AU Registry Operator Calls for Resignations in Light of auDA and Afilias Failures
It’s not been a good week for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, and their backend registry provider Afilias. First on Tuesday there was a security incident that auDA claims saw “a small number of domains” disappear for half an hour. Then today with the launch of second level (or .au direct) registrations, there has been another stuff up that sees all new second level/direct registrations having to be manually entered after registration with no timeframe given for a resolution.
Chagos Islanders Lodge Complaint With OECD To GEt Their .IO Back
The Chagos Islanders, banned from their island chain by “apartheid-like laws and do not participate in the island chain’s booming Internet and defence-oriented economy” want their ccTLD .IO back. Two organisations, The Crypto Currency Resolution Trust (Bahamas) and The Chagos Refugees Group, have now lodged a complaint with the OECD “detailing consumer and human rights harms committed by Afilias”.
Ethos Capital Acquires Majority Control of Donuts Inc.
Ethos Capital announced Thursday it has completed an investment to acquire a controlling interest of Donuts Inc. from Abry Partners. Based in Seattle, Washington, Donuts holds the world’s largest portfolio of top-level domains with 260 new gTLDs as well as providing registry services for a number of other top-level domains (both gTLDs and ccTLDs) through both its Donuts and Afilias brands.
One Month After Donuts Took Over Afilias, Ethos Takes Over Donuts
Less than one month after it was announced Donuts were taking on the domain name registry business of Afilias, Ethos Capital has announced it is taking over Donuts by acquiring a controlling interest in the company.
More Domain Name Industry Consolidation As Donuts Takes On Afilias Registry Business
Donuts dropped a bit of a bombshell on the domain name industry Thursday by announcing they were taking on the domain name registry business of Afilias, making it one of the largest providers of backend registry services for hundreds of ccTLDs, legacy gTLDs and new gTLDs.
.APPLE’s Backend Registry Provider, Afilias, Slaps Apple Over Antitrust
An interesting news observation. As possible antitrust investigations into four of the biggest tech companies are discussed, this week MarketWatch reported how “some big names in videogaming could speed up things” including Fortnite, which they note “is one of the initial conclusions of legal experts and developers following Epic Games Inc.’s lawsuits against Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google for booting Epic’s hit videogame Fortnite out of their app stores Thursday.”
.PR Releases 64,000 Premium Domains
Over 64,000 previously unregistered .PR domain names were released on Monday, Puerto Rico Top Level Domain has announced. The domains released are a mix of words and terms in Spanish and English as well as numerical strings.Continue reading .PR Releases 64,000 Premium Domains
Afilias To Acquire .GLOBAL From Cloud Names
Afilias announced Monday it was acquiring the .global new gTLD from Cloud Names to add to its stable. It will be Afiliasâ 22nd new gTLD and add 48,650 domain names to the 172,700 domain names under management it currently has. Itâs currently 63rd on the nTLDstats chart when it comes to total registration numbers.
Afilias already provides backend registry services to .global and given Cloud Names, the current operator, only has this one new gTLD under its management means itâs likely they will exit the new gTLD business as a company. .cloud was delegated in June 2014 and entered General Availability in September 2014 and has been on a gradual but continuous rise ever since. Originally there were 2 applicants for .cloud, with Donuts withdrawing its application in what appeared to be a privately negotiated deal.
Afilias also provides backend registry services for 191 new generic top level domains, the largest of which is .xin with 94,000 domain names under management and .global is second, and in total has close to over 452,000 DUM.
As Afilias has been the registry services provider for .GLOBAL since it was delegated, the change of ownership has little practical impact on registrar customers and none on registrants. Afilias in their announcement says that some paperwork will need to be updated, and Afilias will provide support for the administrative changes.
âAilias is pleased to acquire another successful TLDâ said Hal Lubsen, Chief Executive Officer of Afilias. âRolf Larsen and his team have done a great job building .GLOBAL to the success it is today, and Afilias looks forward to continuing to work with our registrar partners to expand the franchise. Many website owners want to give their message a global appeal, and a .GLOBAL address is, by definition, a great platform.â
âWe are glad that Afilias is taking over .GLOBALâ said Rolf Larsen, Chief Executive Officer of Dot Global Domain Registry Limited. âAs our technical partner from inception, Afilias has the scale, organisation and financial resources to enable .GLOBAL to reach its full potentialâ he continued. âWe are working closely together to minimise the impact of this change on our customers.â