Afilias To Raise $100 Million By Entering The London Stock Exchange

afiliasAfilias announced its intention to apply for admission of its issued and to be issued Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange (“Admission”) and to conduct a placing of its Ordinary Shares with institutional and professional investors (the “Placing”). The Placing will comprise an offer of new and existing Ordinary Shares.

The Group is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced internet services that enable Top Level Domains (“TLDs”) to operate. Afilias provides services, Continue reading

Afilias Announced Start Of .BLACK Sunrise Period (General Availability on August 26)

Global registry services provider Afilias announced that July 22, 2014, is the sunrise start date for its newest generic top-level domain (gTLD): .BLACK. Following the close of sunrise, general availability is scheduled to commence on August 26, 2014.

The .red, .blue and .pink launches were not so successful so Afilias will probably needs to work harder on .black. People had trouble finding a registrar to get their .red, .blue and .pink domains: Looking to buy .red, .blue and .pink domain names? Here are the registrars…

Afilias said that “Black is always in style because it is associated with sophistication, elegance and understated authority. Consequently, an address in the .BLACK domain adds this element of style to every website. Like the classic style of a little black dress, a .BLACK domain instantly gives a site effortless chic. Continue reading

Beijing Tele-info Wins $600,000 Auction for Chinese IDN “.info”

On 4 June 2014 ICANN through its authorized auction services provider, Power Auctions LLC, completed the first auction to resolve a contention set for a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) string. Contention sets are groups of applications for identical or confusingly similar strings.

Two applicants, Afilias Limited and Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co., LTD. applied for the gTLD 信息, (xn--vuq861b), which is a Chinese Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) for “information” or “info.” These two applicants were unable to resolve the contention set between themselves, and thus proceeded to an auction, which is the method of last resort to resolve string contentions as prescribed in Module 4 of the Applicant Guidebook. Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co., LTD. prevailed in the auction for the winning price of $600,000. Continue reading

Afilias Official New gTLD Launch Schedule For .Pink, .Red, Blue, .Kim, .Shinsha

To ensure that you have the latest information on the New gTLD launch dates, Afilias has created the release date chart below. This chart is your authoritative source for the Afilias launch dates. Afilias does not anticipate any further date changes. It is still unclear when the .green New gTLD is going to be launched.

Here is the Afilias New gTLD launch chart indicating sunrise and general availability dates: Continue reading

Afilias: The Practicalities of a New Domain Launch

If you weren’t able to attend Afilias CMO Roland LaPlante’s recent webinar on “The Practicalities of a New Domain Launch,” you can watch it here. Since there’s a lot more to launching a new top-level domain than coming up with a unique gTLD, it’s helpful to know what issues you’ll need to have squared away before launching one (or before applying to ICANN to have one). This webinar was designed to help you by
Continue reading

Domain Name Association Signs 8 New Members: Nominet, Afilias, Neustar, etc.

The Domain Name Association (DNA), the global trade association for the internet domain industry, has welcomed eight new members from all over the world, bringing the total to 30.

The newest members are: Continue reading

Afilias 4th premium .INFO auction at Sedo: 135 domains sold for $133,382 (antalya.info $9,100)

Sedo partnered with Afilias to auction a list of 158 Premium .INFO domains for the first time. Each name was listed with a low 1-99 USD reserve. The auctions ended on May 5 2013. The list included domains with German, French and Spanish terms such as wein.info, futbol.info, geologie.info, musique.info, physik.infobut a few English terms were also included in the list.

Here are some quick stats:

  • 135 domains sold for a total of $133,382
  • 23 of the 158 domains were not sold
  • The average sales value was $988
  • The mean sales value was $551
  • 96 domains had a value up of up to $999
  • 39 domains had a value between $1,000 and $9,999

The 4th auction had more domains but lesser quality that the previous 3 auctions and that resulted in a lower average and mean domain name prices and lower sales. Here is a quick comparison of the 4 auctions so far.

1st Auction 2nd Auction 3rd Auction 4th Auction
DomainsSold 103 131 79 135
Total Value $279,502 $264,280 $239,317 $133,382
Average Price $2,714 $2,017 $3,029 $988
Mean Price $1,365 $810 $2,500 $551

See here the results of the 1st .info auctionthe 2nd .info auction and the 3rd .info auction.

Here are the results of the 158 domains in the 4th auction:

Domain Name Price Bids
antalya.info 9,100 USD 60
urlaub.info 6,600 USD 49
sexe.info 4,602 USD 76
rechtsanwalt.info 4,544 USD 45
krebs.info 4,333 USD 55
bier.info 3,833 USD 62
wein.info 3,633 USD 43
immobilier.info 3,600 USD 48
sexo.info 3,450 USD 63
futbol.info 3,350 USD 59
societe.info 3,301 USD 57
medizin.info 2,988 USD 45
ferienwohnungen.info 2,702 USD 21
graz.info 2,550 USD 45
australien.info 2,370 USD 28
gutachter.info 2,100 USD 33
karneval.info 2,050 USD 28
obertauern.info 1,940 USD 39
sportsbetting.info 1,868 USD 19
musique.info 1,850 USD 27
branchenbuch.info 1,827 USD 30
darmkrebs.info 1,800 USD 25
jura.info 1,658 USD 42
tauchen.info 1,560 USD 39
malaga.info 1,550 USD 42
brustkrebs.info 1,500 USD 24
dachdecker.info 1,500 USD 46
rioja.info 1,460 USD 41
inkasso.info 1,433 USD 36
tenerife.info 1,351 USD 35
cadiz.info 1,300 USD 42
sansebastian.info 1,300 USD 38
weine.info 1,255 USD 30
abenteuer.info 1,153 USD 32
multiple-sklerose.info 1,130 USD 19
briefmarken.info 1,092 USD 23
farmacia.info 1,050 USD 27
brauerei.info 1,050 USD 27
formentera.info 1,000 USD 13
riester-rente.info 970 USD 22
riesterrente.info 970 USD 22
chemotherapie.info 950 USD 14
saalbach.info 940 USD 12
kirche.info 902 USD 22
sportsbook.info 825 USD 20
salamanca.info 816 USD 27
leukaemie.info 810 USD 14
almeria.info 810 USD 33
schnupfen.info 810 USD 32
sprachkurs.info 808 USD 16
physik.info 806 USD 13
oberbayern.info 752 USD 19
antiquitaeten.info 750 USD 10
radtouren.info 710 USD 31
jaen.info 700 USD 26
schach.info 690 USD 25
costablanca.info 683 USD 28
salzkammergut.info 652 USD 17
zauchensee.info 652 USD 24
kleinwalsertal.info 652 USD 21
egger.info 650 USD 22
nachrichten.info 610 USD 18
pontevedra.info 610 USD 30
valladolid.info 600 USD 25
teruel.info 600 USD 19
mondsee.info 552 USD 5
baleares.info 551 USD 22
negocios.info 551 USD 19
kopfschmerz.info 510 USD 11
erektion.info 490 USD 15
pensionen.info 489 USD 14
kufstein.info 470 USD 9
stadtplan.info 466 USD 17
tarragona.info 420 USD 19
direktmarketing.info 415 USD 23
lofer.info 412 USD 9
katschberg.info 410 USD 23
caceres.info 410 USD 9
avila.info 410 USD 19
klopeinersee.info 409 USD 11
braunschweig.info 405 USD 10
kaprun.info 401 USD 15
castellon.info 380 USD 18
ludwigsburg.info 360 USD 8
merida.info 360 USD 9
segovia.info 360 USD 11
albacete.info 350 USD 13
zellamsee.info 310 USD 9
schwaben.info 309 USD 15
huelva.info 300 USD 10
chemnitz.info 290 USD 7
huesca.info 270 USD 5
inspiration.info 269 USD 6
badajoz.info 230 USD 12
rajasthan.info 230 USD 13
sportsbet.info 222 USD 10
zentralschweiz.info 215 USD 13
geologie.info 209 USD 12
alava.info 200 USD 5
guipuzcoa.info 200 USD 7
ourense.info 200 USD 5
burgos.info 190 USD 7
banff.info 169 USD 5
lup.info 165 USD 4
soria.info 160 USD 3
sportbetting.info 159 USD 9
bregenzerwald.info 150 USD 5
palencia.info 139 USD 3
spielkasino.info 130 USD 5
vinschgau.info 129 USD 5
kirchberg.info 109 USD 3
ukevents.info 109 USD 2
coburg.info 99 USD 1
feesten.info 99 USD 1
halbleiter.info 99 USD 1
haug.info 99 USD 1
jagdhof.info 99 USD 1
koenigsallee.info 99 USD 1
kuchl.info 99 USD 1
mariazell.info 99 USD 1
oberwart.info 99 USD 1
philately.info 99 USD 1
rotenburg.info 99 USD 1
schmitten.info 99 USD 1
sports-betting.info 99 USD 1
zwickau.info 99 USD 1
bikehotels.info 99 USD 1
langen.info 99 USD 1
latsch.info 99 USD 1
sexten.info 99 USD 1
sulden.info 99 USD 1
terlano.info 99 USD 1
termeno.info 99 USD 1
tramin.info 99 USD 1
valdaora.info 99 USD 1
allinfo.info - -
arucana.info - -
badwesternkotten.info - -
balve.info - -
fuschlamsee.info - -
gazoline.info - -
godwad.info - -
goforit.info - -
golf-alpin.info - -
heitersheim.info - -
kirchbergintirol.info - -
laval.info - -
lippstadt.info - -
micheal.info - -
netzgang.info - -
nordenham.info - -
power2learn.info - -
privatvermieter.info - -
sexbet.info - -
sex-bet.info - -
stubaiergletscher.info - -
stveit.info - -
ukevent.info - -

ICANN posts for public comment the proposed renewal agreements of the .INFO and .BIZ Registries

ICANN posted today for public comment the proposed agreements for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .INFO and for .BIZ. This proposals are a result of discussions between ICANN/Afilias Limited and ICANN/Neustar, Inc. respectively.

After review of the public comments received, the ICANN Board will consider the proposed .INFO and .BIZ Registry Agreements for renewal.

A new provision is included to require the registry operator to amend its Registry-Registry Agreement to require registrars to use the 2013 RAA if registrars representing 67% of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. If the remaining registrars do not sign the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement requiring registrars to become a party to the final 2013 RAA within a certain time period, then the registrars’ access to the TLD registry system will be suspended (that is, those registrars will not be permitted to add new registrations). This requirement is dependent upon the registry operators of identified comparable gTLDs also submitting similar requests to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements.

The original Registry Agreements had this duration:
.info 18 December 2006 – 31 December 2012
.biz 18 December 2006 – 31 December 2012
The contracts were then extended last December for another 6 months thus ending in 30 June 2013. All current gTLD Registry Agreements can be found here.

Here is the detailed information:
.INFO

Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .INFO. This proposed draft is the result of discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, and will be considered by the ICANN Board after public comment. The current agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2013.

The current registry agreement for .INFO, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. The agreement also provides that upon renewal, changes may be made to render the terms similar to other comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement includes modified provisions to make the agreement in line with other comparable agreements, as well as additional provisions that are currently proposed in the final draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement posted for public comment.

Included in the proposed renewal agreement are the following provisions:

  • Threats to Security and Stability: A new provision has been added to allow the registry operator to temporarily prevent the registration of one or more names in the TLD in order to respond to an imminent threat to the security and/or stability of the TLD or the Internet.
  • Use of Registrars Accredited Under the 2013 RAA: A new provision is included to require the registry operator to amend its Registry-Registry Agreement to require registrars to use the 2013 RAA if registrars representing 67% of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. If the remaining registrars do not sign the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement requiring registrars to become a party to the final 2013 RAA within a certain time period, then the registrars’ access to the TLD registry system will be suspended (that is, those registrars will not be permitted to add new registrations). This requirement is dependent upon the registry operators of identified comparable gTLDs also submitting similar requests to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements.
  • Emergency Transition provisions: A new provision proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement is included in the renewal agreement to provide for emergency transition in the event the registry is unable to sustain certain critical registry functions for a period of time.
  • Code of Conduct: The registry operator will be required to comply with the Registry Code of Conduct as proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
  • Resolution of Disputes: The dispute resolution procedures were updated similar to the New gTLD Registry Agreement to require the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before they may initiate arbitration.
  • WHOIS: The WHOIS output is required to be compatible with ICANN‘s common interface for WHOIS (InterNIC), and if requested by ICANN, the registry operator must provide a link on its website to a webpage designed by ICANN containing WHOIS policy and education materials.
  • Cross-ownership Restrictions: The renewal agreement lifts restrictions on cross-ownership of registry operators and registrars or registrar resellers.

Posted for public comment are both clean and “redline” versions of the agreement and modified appendices as follows:

Contractual Compliance Review:  As part of the renewal process, ICANN conducted a review of recent performance under the .INFO Registry Agreement. The compliance review covered areas including: Timeliness and Content of Monthly Reports; Add Grace Period Limits Policy; Bulk Zone File Requirements; and Payment of Required Fees. ICANN analyzed relevant data and documents and found that Afilias is in substantial compliance with the .INFO Registry Agreement in the areas reviewed by ICANN. The assessment can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/reports/operator-afilias-info-03jun13-en.pdf [PDF, 87 KB]

Section II: Background:

ICANN and Afilias Limited entered into Registry Agreement on 8 December 2006 for operation of the .INFO top level domain. The current registry agreement for .INFO may be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/info

Section III: Document and Resource Links:

Current .INFO Registry Agreement and Appendices: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/info

Section IV: Additional Information:

None

.BIZ

Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .BIZ. This proposed draft is the result of discussions between ICANN and Neustar, Inc., and will be considered by the ICANN Board after public comment. The current agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2013.

The current registry agreement for .BIZ, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. The agreement also provides that upon renewal, changes may be made to render the terms similar to other comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement includes modified provisions to make the agreement in line with other comparable agreements, as well as additional provisions that are currently proposed in the final draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement posted for public comment.

Included in the proposed renewal agreement are the following provisions:

  • Threats to Security and Stability: A new provision has been added to allow the registry operator to temporarily prevent the registration of one or more names in the TLD in order to respond to an imminent threat to the security and/or stability of the TLD or the Internet.
  • Use of Registrars Accredited Under the 2013 RAA: A new provision is included to require the registry operator to amend its Registry-Registry Agreement to require registrars to use the 2013 RAA if registrars representing 67% of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. If the remaining registrars do not sign the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement requiring registrars to become a party to the final 2013 RAA within a certain time period, then the registrars’ access to the TLD registry system will be suspended (that is, those registrars will not be permitted to add new registrations). This requirement is dependent upon the registry operators of identified comparable gTLDs also submitting similar requests to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements.
  • Emergency Transition provisions: A new provision proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement is included in the renewal agreement to provide for emergency transition in the event the registry is unable to sustain certain critical registry functions for a period of time.
  • Code of Conduct: The registry operator will be required to comply with the Registry Code of Conduct as proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
  • Resolution of Disputes: The dispute resolution procedures were updated similar to the New gTLD Registry Agreement to require the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before they may initiate arbitration.
  • WHOIS: The WHOIS output is required to be compatible with ICANN’s common interface for WHOIS (InterNIC), and if requested by ICANN, the registry operator must provide a link on its website to a webpage designed by ICANN containing WHOIS policy and education materials.
  • Cross-ownership Restrictions: The renewal agreement lifts restrictions on cross-ownership of registry operators and registrars or registrar resellers.

Posted for public comment are both clean and “redline” versions of the agreement and modified appendices as follows:

(Note: Redlines for Appendix 2, Appendix 9 and Appendix 11 are not included because there are no proposed changes to current versions.)

Contractual Compliance Review: As part of the renewal process, ICANN conducted a review of recent performance under the .BIZ Registry Agreement. The compliance review covered areas including: Timeliness and Content of Monthly Reports; Add Grace Period Limits Policy; Bulk Zone File Requirements; and Payment of Required Fees. Neustar was found to be in compliance with the .BIZ Registry Agreement in all areas reviewed by ICANN. The assessment can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/reports/operator-neustar-biz-03jun13-en.pdf [PDF, 67 KB]

Section II: Background:

ICANN and Neustar, Inc. entered into Registry Agreement on 8 December 2006 for operation of the .BIZ top level domain. The current registry agreement for .BIZ may be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz

Section III: Document and Resource Links:

Current .BIZ Registry Agreement and Appendices: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz

Section IV: Additional Information:

None

Wholesale prices in 2019: .INFO at $14.42 and .BIZ at $15.25 while .COM remains at $7.85

ICANN posted for public comment the proposed renewal agreements of the .INFO and .BIZ Registries. The new contracts will have a 6 year duration spanning up to 2019.

Afilias Limited, the .info registry, and Neustar, the .biz registry, as per the current ICANN registry contract can increase the wholesale price of .info and .biz domain names up to 10% every year. This privilege will continue to exist in the new contract ending in 2019.

.info price is set to increase by 10% to $8.16 on September 1st 2013. This is the Maximum Service Fee (as defined in the .INFO Registry Agreement) for annual increments of initial and renewal domain name registrations (including renewals associated with transfers from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another) in the .INFO registry.

On February 22 2013, Neustar Inc. announced they will be increasing the annual wholesale .BIZ domain registry fee to $8.63 per year, effective September 1, 2013.

On November 30th Verisign, Inc., the registry operator for .com, got it’s contact renewed for another 6 years but although Verisign got the contract renewal, it lost the right to raise the wholesale price of .com for the next 6 years. .com price will stay at $7.85 plus the ICANN fee.

So if Afilias and Neustar increase the wholesale prices 10% for each of the next 6 years thewholesale value of .info will be $14.42 in 2019 and the wholesale value of .biz will be $15.25 whilethe .com wholesale price will still be $7.85. The wholesale price of .info and .biz will be almost double of that of a .com.

Registries should be able to increase wholesale prices according to inflation. US inflation was at 1.1% in April. Registries are making a lot of money as it is with the current prices, so what is the point of these increases? To keep the investors happy?

Maybe it is time for the the U.S. Department of Commerce to deny this plan of raising prices 10% each of the next 6 years for .info and .biz. I will closely watch the comments made on the .info and .biz agreement renewals and give updates. Also the .org agreement renewal is coming up shortly.

Afilias 4th premium .INFO auction coming at Sedo on May 29 (Wein.info, Musique.info, Physik.info, Futbol.info)

After the first 2 GoDaddy/Afilias auctions (See here the results of the 1st .info auction and the results of the 2nd .info auction) and the Namejet/Afilias auction, the next batch of premium .info domains moves once again to a new venue.

Sedo has partnered with Afilias to auction this list of 158 Premium .INFO domains for the first time. The list includes domains with German and French terms such as wein.info, futbol.info, geologie.info, musique.info, physik.info but a few English terms are also included in the list. The auction will run from May 29 through June 4, 2013.

“Since the introduction of .INFO in 2001, the domain has become the most popular new gTLD of all time,” said Roland LaPlante, CMO of Afilias, the ICANN-designated Registry Operator for the .INFO domain. “In fact, there are as many .INFO domains registered as all other new TLDs combined. It’s rare that a registry is able to make new domain names available, which is why Afilias is excited that Sedo will auction this set of desirable .INFO names to its international audience.”

Sedo’s CEO, Tobias Flaitz, added, “The Sedo auction and sales platform is ideally suited to help strong keyword domains reach the right domain buyer, wherever they are based and whatever language they speak. We are excited to make these .INFO premium names available to our buyers globally.”

Non-English terms have a good sales history in .info. Here are a few notable sales:
Hoteles.info $30,607
Geld.info $29,885
Gesundheit.info €30,000
Apotheke.info €30,000
Tarife.info $14,100
Russland.info $11,970
Schule.info $11,000
Versicherungsvergleich.info $10,564

Each name is listed with a low 1-99 USD and will sell to the highest bidder. To participate in this auction at the current reserve range you must complete Sedo’s Standard certification. I talked yesterday about how flooding the domain auctions with 100s of domains will not get you the prices you are looking for. I think that Afilias should slow down because the 3rd .info auction just finished in early May. This 4th auction has some good domains but I am not sure what the results will be…

Auctions are scheduled to start May/29/13 06:00 PM CEST.

Here is the complete list of the 158 .info domains:
abenteuer.info
alava.info
albacete.info
allinfo.info
almeria.info
antalya.info
antiquitaeten.info
arucana.info
australien.info
avila.info
badajoz.info
badwesternkotten.info
baleares.info
balve.info
banff.info
bier.info
bikehotels.info
branchenbuch.info
brauerei.info
braunschweig.info
bregenzerwald.info
briefmarken.info
brustkrebs.info
burgos.info
caceres.info
cadiz.info
castellon.info
chemnitz.info
chemotherapie.info
coburg.info
costablanca.info
dachdecker.info
darmkrebs.info
direktmarketing.info
egger.info
erektion.info
farmacia.info
feesten.info
ferienwohnungen.info
formentera.info
fuschlamsee.info
futbol.info
gazoline.info
geologie.info
godwad.info
goforit.info
golf-alpin.info
graz.info
guipuzcoa.info
gutachter.info
halbleiter.info
haug.info
heitersheim.info
huelva.info
huesca.info
immobilier.info
inkasso.info
inspiration.info
jaen.info
jagdhof.info
jura.info
kaprun.info
karneval.info
katschberg.info
kirchberg.info
kirchbergintirol.info
kirche.info
kleinwalsertal.info
klopeinersee.info
koenigsallee.info
kopfschmerz.info
krebs.info
kuchl.info
kufstein.info
langen.info
latsch.info
laval.info
leukaemie.info
lippstadt.info
lofer.info
ludwigsburg.info
lup.info
malaga.info
mariazell.info
medizin.info
merida.info
micheal.info
mondsee.info
multiple-sklerose.info
musique.info
nachrichten.info
negocios.info
netzgang.info
nordenham.info
oberbayern.info
obertauern.info
oberwart.info
ourense.info
palencia.info
pensionen.info
philately.info
physik.info
pontevedra.info
power2learn.info
privatvermieter.info
radtouren.info
rajasthan.info
rechtsanwalt.info
riesterrente.info
riester-rente.info
rioja.info
rotenburg.info
saalbach.info
salamanca.info
salzkammergut.info
sansebastian.info
schach.info
schmitten.info
schnupfen.info
schwaben.info
segovia.info
sexbet.info
sex-bet.info
sexe.info
sexo.info
sexten.info
societe.info
soria.info
spielkasino.info
sportbetting.info
sportsbet.info
sportsbetting.info
sports-betting.info
sportsbook.info
sprachkurs.info
stadtplan.info
stubaiergletscher.info
stveit.info
sulden.info
tarragona.info
tauchen.info
tenerife.info
terlano.info
termeno.info
teruel.info
tramin.info
ukevent.info
ukevents.info
urlaub.info
valdaora.info
valladolid.info
vinschgau.info
wein.info
weine.info
zauchensee.info
zellamsee.info
zentralschweiz.info
zwickau.info