Afilias Seeks New TLD Partners
Experienced registry operator offers technical and other assistance for new top-level domain
applications to ICANN.
Dublin, Ireland (Vocus) August 26, 2009 -- Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and
domain name registry technology, today announced that it is seeking to partner with a select number of
organizations that wish to apply to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for a
new top-level domain (TLD).
"Afilias has supported more successful ICANN bids, and helped launch more new TLDs than any other registry
services provider," said Hal Lubsen, Chief Executive Officer at Afilias. "We are looking for organizations,
corporations, and communities who can leverage our experience, financial and marketing resources, and
technology to develop successful generic and community TLDs in English or other languages for Internet users
around the world."
TLDs are the names at the top of the DNS naming hierarchy, appearing after the last 'dot' of a Web address such
as .com, .info, .org, and .me. With ICANN's new application process expected to launch early in 2010, the
opportunity exists for any organization to apply for a TLD that has meaning for their business, community, or
"New TLDs are excellent opportunities for brands looking to boost their global profile and offer a more
personalized and branded experience on the Internet. A dedicated TLD may also provide a more private,
controlled, and secure space for customer and community interaction," added Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing
Officer at Afilias. "Organizations that are connected to specific communities and causes may also look at a
dedicated TLD as a new means of offering value added services or a potential new source of revenue."
Afilias supports over 14 million registrations across 15 TLDs, and has the widest range of TLD customers of any
major registry services and outsource technical providers. Afilias launched .INFO, the first new TLD ever c