Directi, Tucows and Namecheap form a "team of rivals" in bid to manage
the .online registry.
TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of its New Generic Top Level
Domain (gTLD) program, ICANN has accepted nearly 2,000 applications
from prospective registries who would like to manage their own TLDs
(letters to the right of the dot). Now, applicants for the same TLDs
have begun to compete, negotiate, and, in some cases, join forces to
ultimately produce one winning bid.
The first such alliance was revealed today, when domain industry
veterans Directi, Tucows and Namecheap announced that they would work
together to manage the .online registry.
Directi and Tucows are probably best known for their wholesale platforms
and the large, global domain name reseller channels they
manage. Namecheap, a top-ten retail registrar, is best known for its
strong consumer brand and emphasis on customer service.
The three companies each bring significant capital to the table to
launch and operate the .online registry. They bring a wealth of
experience and capabilities, from registry management to wholesale
distribution to retail service. Perhaps most importantly, they bring
enormous global reach. Between their wholesale and retail operations,
Directi, Tucows and Namecheap combined reach over 40 million small
businesses and other hosting customers around the world.
"This partnership makes perfect sense for us and it makes perfect sense
for .online registrants," said Directi CEO & Founder, Bhavin Turakhia,
Tucows CEO Elliot Noss and Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall at the
exact same time, a powerful display of partnership and an impressive
achievement considering the time zone differences. The CEOs continued,
"Between the three of us and all our properties, we know we can deliver
an outstanding .online experience to resellers and end users in every
corner of the world."
With over a decade in the internet industry, Directi is a $350m+ group
of businesses, providing various web products and services to millions
of global users. Directi businesses include ResellerClub, LogicBoxes,
BigRock, Skenzo, Media.net and Radix Registry. Over 1000 employee
strong, Directi currently has 5 offices across 4 countries. Directi
businesses rank amongst the fastest growing businesses worldwide in
their corresponding industry segments. For more information, please
Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added
services through a reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs.
Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage
their domain names and email addresses. Ting.com (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and
control to US mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns and operates premium domain names that generate revenue through
advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows'
corporate website (http://tucows.com).
Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar
founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With nearly 1 million
satisfied clients and over 3 million domain names under management,
Namecheap is one of the top ten domain registrars in the world. Find
out more by visiting us at http://www.namecheap.com.
SOURCE: Tucows Inc.
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