Afilias

Afilias Limited is the registry operator of the .info, .mobi and .pro top-level domain, and service provider for registry operators of .org, .asia, .aero, and a provider of domain name registry services for countries around the world, including .MN (Mongolia), .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BZ (Belize), .GI (Gibraltar), .IN (India), .ME (Montenegro), .SC (the Seychelles), and .VC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Afilias also provided ancillary support to other domains, including .SG (Singapore) and .HN (Honduras).
Posts about Afilias
    • Afilias takes over back-end for Puerto Rico

      Afilias has won the back-end contract for Puerto Rico’s ccTLD, .pr. The registry services provider took over DNS for the zone last month and the final handover of the registration system happened at the weekend. .pr is a small TLD, under 10,000 names, run by local firm Gauss Research Laboratories. It also tries to market itself as a destination for public relations companies overseas.

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  • Shocker! After 15 years, Afilias kicks Neustar out of Australia

    … Afilias has been awarded the contract to run .au, Australia’s ccTLD, kicking out incumbent Neustar after 15 years. It’s currently a 3.1 million-domain contract, meaning it’s going to be the largest back-end transition in the history of the DNS. It’s also very likely going to see the price of a .au domain come down. Neustar, via its 2015…

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  • Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

    … Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages…

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  • This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

    … The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went to private auction in September…

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  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    … US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice…

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  • URS comes to .mobi as ICANN offers Afilias lower fees

    … by the promises made in its gTLD application have been removed. But the change likely to get the most hackles up is the inclusion of URS in the proposed new contract. URS is an anti-cybserquatting measure that enables trademark owners to shut down infringing domains, without taking ownership, more quickly and cheaply than the UDRP. It’s obligatory…

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  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web auction, saying the “covenant not to sue bars Plaintiff’s entire action”. He wrote that he “does…

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  • Afilias retains .org back-end deal

    … Public Interest Registry is sticking with Afilias to run the .org registry back-end. The announcement came yesterday after a open procurement process that lasted for most of 2016. Over 20 back-end providers from 15 nations — basically the entire industry — responded to PIR’s February request for proposals, we reported back in March. Afilias…

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  • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

    … interest. Speaking at the first of ICANN’s two public forum sessions at ICANN 57 in Hyderabad, India this week, Robinson echoed that call, telling the ICANN board: You are a credible, independent-minded, and respected board who recognized the enhanced scrutiny that goes with the post-transition environment. Indeed, this may well be the first test…

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  • Watch: Hollywood actors trash Trump, promote .vote

    … registration volumes, it’s certainly no bad thing for the visibility of new gTLDs in general. At time of writing, the video had received about 1.2 million views on YouTube, less than 24 hours after its release. .vote is an Afilias gTLD with post-registration usage restrictions. It currently has about 1,800 names in its zone file but only one domain in the Alexa one million most-visited sites. Tweet Tagged: .vote, afilias, new gTLDs, trump …

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  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    … is suing for $22.5 million, claiming ICANN should have forced Nu Dot Co to disclose that its .web bid was being secretly bankrolled by Verisign and alleging that the .com heavyweight used NDC as cover to avoid regulatory scrutiny. ICANN’s latest filing (pdf), made jointly with Donuts, asked for an extension to October 26 of ICANN’s deadline…

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  • Afilias set to get .hotel despite hacking claims

    … Afilias is back on the path to becoming the registry for .hotel, after ICANN decided claims of hacking by a former employee of the applicant did not warrant a rejection. The ICANN board of directors decided last week that HOTEL Top-Level Domain Sarl, which was recently taken over by Afilias, did not gain any benefit when employee Dirk…

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  • Afilias buys three gTLDs from Starting Dot

    … Registry upstart StartingDot has sold its small portfolio of new gTLDs to Afilias. .archi, .bio and .ski are the three components of the package. While the size of the deal was not disclosed, retail prices and zone file volumes suggest the portfolio probably brings in about $2 million a year in revenue. The biggest seller of the three…

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  • Afilias loses back-end deals on two Chinese gTLDs

    … TLD Registry, the Finnish/Irish registry that runs two Chinese-script gTLDs, has ditched Afilias in favor of a Chinese back-end provider. Afilias said tonight that as of Friday it will no longer be the back-end for .在线 (.xn--3ds443g, “Chinese online”) and .中文网 (.xn--fiq228c5hs, “Chinese website”). The company said: Afilias has been directed…

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  • Afilias takes over .hotel, sidelines Krischenowski over hacking claims

    … will become the sole shareholder of HTLD. The move is linked to claims that Krischenowski exploited a glitch in ICANN’s new gTLD applicants’ portal to access confidential financial and technical information belonging to rival .hotel applicants. These competing applicants have ganged up to demand that HTLD should lose its rights to .hotel, which…

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