Ireland based Afilias Limited has officially announced that the company will be bringing over 300 new top level domains to the internet. Currently Afilias is best known as the operator of the .INFO, .MOBI and .PRO top level domains (TLD) and a leading provider of registry technical services. The company’s technology will support 305 new gTLD’s, mostly brands, specific niches and geographical locations/cities. The company didn’t reveal the full list of which gTLD’s it is applying for or supporting, but tomorrow’s ICANN big reveal will publicize all of this information, at last.
According to the press release, the applications span a range of new TLD ideas, and include 18 internationalized TLDs (Chinese and Cyrillic for example), 4 community focused domains, 4 geographic domains and more than 170 of individual brands and/or companies.
The remaining applications represent a wide variety of generic domain strings that are designed to simplify internet navigation by helping users discover focused, easily identifiable content. Although the list primarily contains the TLDs of its registry services customers, Afilias itself has applied for a range of strings in verticals as diverse as energy and media. Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO at Afilias said:
“Afilias is helping a wide range of global entities apply for their TLD, including the .eco and .hotel teams as announced previously. The bulk of the Afilias-supported applications are from three of ICANN’s five regions: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. While these three regions will likely account for most of the overall applications to ICANN, Afilias applications have a bit more European focus due to the European base of our business.
In addition to technical support, several of these strings will leverage our complete Managed Registry Service, more fully capitalizing on Afilias’ experience as an ICANN-Designated Registry Operator. We couldn’t be more excited about the growth that all of these new domain names will bring to the Internet in the years ahead. We are looking forward to helping our customers get their TLDs approved and successfully launched, and also to bringing our own new domains to market.”
Afilias currently provides registry and DNS services for 17 top level domains and supports more than 20 million registrations, including almost 8 million .INFO domains and 1 million .MOBI domains registered worldwide. In addition, Afilias supports .ORG, .AERO, .ASIA, .PRO, XXX, .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BZ (Belize), .GI (Gibraltar), .HN (Honduras), .IN (India), .LC (St. Lucia), .ME (Montenegro), .MN (Mongolia), .SC (the Seychelles), .VC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
Afilias Limited is an Irish Limited company with international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. In addition Afilias maintains sales offices in London, England and Vancouver, Canada. Afilias also maintains a number of global wholly owned subsidiaries including: Afilias Canada Corp. which houses its operational facilities in Toronto, Ontario; Afilias USA Inc. which maintains administrative and operational offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA; and Afilias India Pvt. Ltd which houses operational offices in New Delhi, India.