Afilias

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Afilias plc
Type of site
Private US Company
Founded2000; 19 years ago (2000)
Key peopleHal Lubsen, Ram Mohan, Roland LaPlante, Philipp Grabensee, Ken Stubbs, Jonathan Robinson, Steve Heflin, Scott Hemphill, Steven Pack, John Kane
IndustryInternet, Domain registry
Websiteafilias.info
Alexa rankNegative increase 258,843 (August 2015)[1]

Afilias, Inc. is a US Corporation that is the registry operator of the .info, .mobi and .pro top-level domain, service provider for registry operators of .org, .ngo, .lgbt, .asia, .aero, and a provider of domain name registry services for countries around the world, including .MN (Mongolia), .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BM (Bermuda), .BZ (Belize), .GI (Gibraltar), .IN (India), .ME (Montenegro), .SC (the Seychelles), and .VC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). .AU (Australia). Afilias also provided ancillary support to other domains, including .SG (Singapore), .LA (Laos) and .HN (Honduras).

History[edit]

Afilias was formed in October 2000 by a group of 19 major domain name registrars.[2][3] CEO Hal Lubsen, CTO Ram Mohan,[4] CMO Roland LaPlante[5] and Compliance Officer Steven Pack were the founding management team (2001).

In February 2010, Afilias acquired mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd., the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .mobi top-level domain (known publicly as dotMobi). While dotMobi continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, Afilias is now the registered Registry Operator for the .mobi domain.[6]

In December 2012, Afilias acquired registryPro, the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .pro top-level domain. While RegistryPro continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, Afilias is now the registered Registry Operator for the .pro domain.[7]

In October 2015, Afilias acquired domain name registrar 101domain, with the registrar's CEO Wolfgang Reile stepping down and its COO and CFO Anthony M. Beltran leading operations under Afilias.[8][9]

In December 2017, Afilias was chosen by auDA to supply .au registry services from 1 July 2018. Afilias opened its Melbourne Australia branch to do this.[10] Under Ram Mohan's leadership, Afilias successfully completed the historic transition on July 1, 2018.[11]

Afilias is headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, United States, with engineering and operations offices in Toronto, Canada, Dublin, Ireland, New Delhi, India and Melbourne, Australia, and sales offices in London, UK.

Mobile and web services[edit]

  • DeviceAtlas
  • goMobi
  • mobiForge
  • mobiReady

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Guinness World Record for largest ever TLD transition, July 2018[12]
  • CIO 100 Award for highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT), June 2014[13]
  • Ram Mohan - IDG World's Top 25 CTOs, June 2010[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "afilias.info Site Overview". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  2. ^ "GMO Internet Group History". October 3, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Portal, Presse (October 3, 2000). "World´s Leading Internet Domain Name Registrars Unite to Create Top Level Domain With Global Appeal". Press Relations Presse Portal. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ questia.com (October 29, 2001). "Afilias Appoints Chief Technical Officer to Run First "Thick" Domain Name Registry: .INFO; Former Infonautics executive oversees first global implementation of an XML-based "thick" registry system". The Free Library. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  5. ^ questia.com (July 9, 2001). "Afilias Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer to Build .INFO Brand Worldwide; Former McGraw Hill Exec. to Spearhead Brand & Marketing Strategy for .INFO". The Free Library. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  6. ^ Hamilton, David (February 11, 2010). "Afilias Acquires .Mobi Domain Registry dotMobi". Web Host Industry Review. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  7. ^ LaPlante, Roland (January 17, 2012). "Afilias Acquires Registry Services Corporation, .PRO". Circle ID. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Allemann, Andrew (October 16, 2015). "Afilias acquires 101Domain". Domain Name Wire.
  9. ^ Silver, Elliot (October 16, 2015). "101domain Acquired by Afilias". DomainInvesting.com.
  10. ^ "Afilias Chosen to Supply .au Registry Services". auDA. 18 Dec 2017. Retrieved 19 Dec 2017.
  11. ^ ".au Completes Historic Transition to Afilias". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  12. ^ "Afilias Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title: Largest Migration of an Internet Top-Level Domain in a Single Transition". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  13. ^ "Afilias selected for CIO 100 award". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  14. ^ "Afilias' Ram Mohan Named to IDG's InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards for DNSSEC Leadership". PRWeb. Retrieved 2018-09-20.

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