Showing posts with label back-end registry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label back-end registry. Show all posts

Monday, June 26, 2017

Backend Registries: who are they?

A "Backend Registry" is the necessary technical service to apply for a new domain name extension. Without one, the new gTLD application will be rejected by the ICANN since without it, a new gTLD cannot technically work. In one word, the "backend" is the technical platform that makes everything work together. When an accredited Registrar wants to sell domain names from a specific Registry (.club - .fr - .whatever - etc...), it is the backend registry which takes care of everything technically.

There is a list of service providers which future new gTLD applicants will need to visit when they want to submit their application. They will either need to:
  1. Contact them and discuss their project to learn about prices and services wanted/required to apply or;
  2. Build their own backend registry solution (good luck with that).
A backend registry solution provider does not necessarily offer its solution as a service for future applicants, so from the list below, I got rid of some names. For example, some old providers of certain country code Top-Level domains (existing ccTLD extensions) don't have an offer. Also, some of the new registries have their own internal solution: the many new gTLD projects from Google or Uniregistry use their own solution but are not offered to the public: such solutions won't be listed here.

The list:
  1. ZDNS is also offering the MIIT solution to develop a TLD for the Chinese market (China);
  2. Nominet (UK);
  3. GMO (Japan);
  4. Canadian Internet Registration Authority (Canada);
  5. Verisign (USA);
  6. TLD-BOX Registrydienstleistungen (Austria);
  7. AFNIC (France)
  8. China Internet Network Information Center (China);
  9. CORE (Switzerland);
  10. Knipp Medien und Kommunikation GmbH (Germany);
  11. Flexireg (Russia);
  12. SIDN (The Netherlands);
  13. Updated: DNS Africa Ltd (Mauritius):;
  14. KSregistry (Germany);
  15. Afilias (Ireland);
  16. CentralNic (UK);
  17. Technical Center of Internet (Russia);
  18. Neustar (USA);
  19. JPRS (Japan).
Contact me if you believe that some service providers are missing. I will be happy to add them (don't forget to add the link to their offer).

To learn more about who to work with to submit your application in the next round of the ICANN new gTLD program , contact Jovenet Consulting.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trust in the next new gTLD round

Potential new gTLD applicants are exposed prior to submitting their application, below is a suggestion to protect them from potential bad behaviors.

This is an email that I sent to an ICANN insider. I am myself a member of several working groups but I was not able to locate the right one to submit this suggestion. I received an answer with the right directions and it appears that this issue is already taken into account, which is a good thing for future applicants...if lobbyists and other ICANN insiders can't block this from being taken into account.

Email sent
Dear "Whoever", 
There is a suggestion that I would like to do for the next AGB* but I have no idea where I should submit it and if there is still time for this.
I faced this problem in round one and I strongly believe that it makes sense to consider it.
I think that new gTLD applicants should be able to submit their application before they have to choose a back-end registry provider. The reason for this is to avoid an idea of a TLD project to go in the ears of another applicant with deeper pockets.
New gTLD applicants are obliged to select a backend registry provider for their application to enter the ICANN validation process. Allowing them to submit without a backend registry (how: I don't know), would increase chances of the applicant to be able to finalize his project.
Trust/Confidentiality is an issue and an application that a backend registry provider will lose to another is just a word pronounced to other potential applicants. Whatever NDA is signed, an applicant is at risk when having to meet several backend registry providers to discuss his project.
It makes sense, for an applicant, to be able to meet with a backend registry, after ICANN has accepted his application. Before that is a high risk.

What is the idea?
The idea is to protect potential new gTLD applicants from speaking too loud and too early; an obligation when consulting potential partners to submit a new gTLD application. Of course, everyone is honest - we all know this - and I am not targeting back-end registry providers here but putting such a solution in place would:
  1. Limit the number of multiple new gTLD applications in the next round (unless it is decided that applications are validated on the basis of first come first served);
  2. Fasten the process to validate applications at ICANN.
If a new gTLD applicant can demonstrate upfront that his intention is to work with one "already ICANN accredited back-end Registry", can't he then contract with him after his application was validated by the ICANN?

Brokers: get prepared!

* "AGB" stands for Applicant Guidebook: the bible to submit a new gTLD application to ICANN.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A back-end registry was just sold

I am curious.

I just noticed the acquisition of the Open Registry group of companies (a back-end registry solution provider) by KeyDrive SA and SA for an amount of €3.75m. The Open Registry group of companies had previously been acquired by NCC Group plc in January 2015 for £14.9m.

Just for the note, the Trademark Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse for Intellectual Property S.A. "CHIP") is part of this acquisition.

Whatever can be though about the numbers, I wonder about something completely different:
  1. KeyDrive SA already owns a back-end registry, it is called KSregistry GmbH. KeyDrive SA also owns a .BRAND new gTLD solution providers such as BrandShelter and Thomsen Trampedach GmbH. And KeyDrive SA also owns a famous retail Registrar.
  2.'s registrant is no more than the Chairman & Founder of the DCL Group which also owns a .BRAND new gTLD solution provider named eBrandServices as well as two registrars: a corporate one (eBrandServices) and retail one: EuroDNS.
Why would two competitors buy a back-end registry solution provider?

What you missed in yesterday's Newsletter:
  1. .MOBI Trades URS for Cash: time for a Board-Imposed Moratorium?
  2. The .BUZZ new gTLD is "in negotiation";
  3. HOT - Your .BRAND new gTLD Study;
  4. Football: missing a trick (new gTLDs);
  5. Domain industry thoughts for 2017;
  6. A new "tools page" for new gTLD applicants;
  7. New gTLDs: what if registration volumes break?
  8. GMO and Radix secure Chinese gTLD approval;
  9. Ashley Furniture chalks up huge URS win as RPMs come under the spotlight in 2017;
  10. ICANN Busy Proving IANA Transition Was A Terrible Mistake.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Google is not selling any registry services

We initiated a discussion with the Google team in charge of developing this fantastic tool named Nomulus. Due to my poor English, I had to rephrase my question to make it understandable enough to receive an answer. And I received an answer.

The answer was straight: "Google is not selling any registry services".

We received the message and here is how we understand it at Jovenet Consulting:
  • Google is not selling any registry services "today" (I'll stop with this soon :-);
  • Google offers Nomulus because they want new backend registry service providers to host it on the Google Cloud Platform (this is the offer a we understand it today) and that is enough for Google;
  • Google does not want (yet?) to deal with questions such as: "hey Google, how can I create my domain name extension with you?" This is a very long question to answer and would require to follow-up with potential applicants. Unless we are wrong, Google does not do this and does not meet with such clients who would require meetings before investing so much money.
    Also, the new application process is unknown and we doubt that the ICANN will be able to provide, a strict timeline as when an application is submitted and when it is delegated: the kind of question a client wants to be answered before he pays;
  • Participating in "Round 1" of the ICANN new gTLD program has been a nightmare for many applicants, and "Round 2" should be far easier. Google does not yet see the potential of offering a key-in-hands solution to resellers of such an offer: Law firms, Registrars, future new gTLD applicants with a technical knowledge, new gTLD and domain name consultants, IT departments... Let's hope this changes.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 6 new gTLDs were delegated;
  2. Brands owning their dot brand grow faster;
  3. .Blog domains had a bad landrush phase;
  4. Tips for Wembasters (new gTLDs inside);
  5. Are The New gTLD Domain Names Worth Your Money?
  6. .BRAND showcase;
  7. NewG talk #12: you need to pay attention to the Chinese market if you are a .club investor (read the full story)
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    (all LAW related new gTLD have a domain name registration increase this week)
  • New gTLDs related to the COLORS; 
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Google answers questions about Nomulus

Nomulus is a backend registry tool made available by Google and for free. The Nomulus team kindly informed me about the place where to go for questions. I expect this discussion group to be able to answer technical questions but I believe it is going to be worth trying to ask questions on (a) potential coming offer(s).

Reminder: a backend registry is mandatory when it comes to applying for a new gTLD. The backend registry is the technical platform which manages daily operations related to the creation, renewal, registrars'payments, etc...for domain names. Nomulus comes as an alternative for coming .BRAND new gTLD applicants with few knowledge and Generic new gTLD applicants in round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program.

Ask your questions here

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Why Some Brands Stayed Out of First Dot-Brand Auction;
  2. Fast thinker: founder of .XYZ Registry;
  3. 4 Career-Changing Benefits of a Personalized Domain;
  4. Rightside’s first webinar series;
  5. Domain Name Pick Up – 5 Mistakes To Avoid!
  6. Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .WEB
  7. CentralNic will ‘continue to benefit from recurring revenues;
  8. Interesting - “Zhi Bo” (Live Video Streaming) Is Growing;
  9. Good survey - New gTLDs in 10 years;
  10. What's in a Brand Name?
  11. 8 myths about new domain names;
  12. 5 Ways To Use Your .CLUB Domain (watch the video);
  13. Must read - GAC Hyderabad Communique;
  14. New gTLDs & ICANN: Adopted Board Resolution;
  15. .WEB new gTLD: "Afilias' Cynical Attempt";
  16. Verisign to .WEB losers: stop griping and carry on;
  17. The .Blog registry is not releasing ANY 1, 2 and 3 character domains;
  18. Free SSL certificate for .SHOP Registrants?
  19. The .Blog registry registered the best .blog domains for itself!
  20. “Shadow content policing” fears at ICANN 57;
  21. Google Does Not Promote Or Demote Based On Top Level Domain;
  22. History of AUC's failure to get the .AFRICA legitimately;
  23. Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains.
Domain name registration volumes
  • Singular VS Plural New gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications; 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION; 
  • Generic new gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH (hot); 
  • New gTLDs related to CARS;
  • New gTLDs with a French connotation.
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Backend registries still needed in Round two?

Not fast enough today :-)
I wasn't fast enough today to ask my question during the Registry Service Provider Certification conference at ICANN 57 (Hyderabad). As a non native English writer, I need to write down my questions before posting them because it does not look nice when a question comes with a mistake or a mistype (and when it is read as such by the entire audience). Unfortunately, I could post it but far too late and from a potential dotBrand future new gTLD applicant prospective, it is to me a very important question so here it is:

Google recently revealed "Nomulus", a backend registry tool to operate a Registry. Since Google Registry (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) is already technically certified by the ICANN since it uses Nomulus for its TLDs; will future users of Nomulus need to become certified as backend registries too?

I understand that such question might not please backend registry providers, but since Nomulus is already in use and hosted on Google's technical platform (Google Cloud Platform); why would future new gTLD applicants have to deal with the technical aspect of running a registry when it could be just a matter of choosing a provider...just like when registering a domain name?

I emailed my question to the ICANN.

New domain name registration volumes
The .食品 (food in Japanese) new gTLD increased its number of registrations from 1 to 13 in one week (see the Catering new gTLD report). The .NIKON dotBrand new gTLD goes from 1 to 17 domain names registered since last week (see the Photography new gTLD report). In the City new gTLD report, the .BARCELONA has 2,100+ more registrations.
Domain name registration volumes
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING; 
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY. 
Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Verified Top-Level Domains Consortium;
  2. Balancing a robust defense with an exciting attack in the domain name world;
  3. High-Bid Auctions Deflate the .nyc TLD;
  4. The Extreme Power Of Generic Domain Names;
  5. Program Reviews & Policy Timeline (Projected);
  6. The new gTLD program introspective;
  7. Cooking Up The Perfect Domain Name;
  8. We don’t run Internet, we enable it: ICANN.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nomulus: what do you think?

I am working on an article related to Domulus, the new backend registry tool offered by Google to existing applicants, and new ones willing to submit a new gTLD application in "Round 2" of the ICANN new gTLD program.
I look for first impressions from potential interested parties in this tool. Please contact me.

Update on new gTLDs' registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs for COMPANIES: the domain name extensions in which companies should secure their name (see tonight's Newsletter);
  • New gTLDs related to the LAW: Corporate Registrar FairWinds Partners, a domain name strategy consultancy company, also sole Corporate Registrar to have applied for its own .BRAND new gTLD, has now 4 new domain names registered (ending in ".fairwinds");
  • New gTLDs related to the COLORS;
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE: the .ACCOUNTANT new gTLD loses 6,000 registrations;
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING;
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY: the .ART new gTLD now has 10 domain name registered and website says it should launch in November 2016 but no official announcement has been made yet.
  • New gTLDs related to CITIES.

Tonight's new gTLDs' Newsletter: subscribe here.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. gTLD Marketplace Health Index Metrics;
  2. Il punto davanti a Roma e Milano (article about new gTLDs in Italian with info on coming new gTLD project);
  3. Chinese Naming Tip: Sometimes even words that sound negative in their English translation (for example “poisonous chicken soup”) can have a more trendy and positive meaning in Chinese usage, making it a more valuable and brandable domain name as well: read the full story;
  4. Ending soon: .网站 (web) Sunrise Period
  5. Have you claimed your digital real estate?
  6. New gTLD .WEB and .AMAZON update;
  7. Busting the Myths of Not-Com Domain Names;
  8. NewG talk #9: the usual strong performers (.top, .club, .site, .bid, .vip, .online) continued their uptrend.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

The new gTLD info for Monday, May 16th

A lot of interesting NEWS on this Monday (even if very few people are working in Europe today). I stopped by the Inbound Marketing platform for Top Level Domains and I really need to have this explained because I noticed that 5 Registries have applied to it already.
  1. : the .BRAND story;
  2. Interesting - The TLD platform: Inbound Marketing for Top Level Domains;
  3. The lucky back-end Registry to run .BLOG is Nominet;
  4. Verisign (.COM Registry) settles one of its lawsuits against the .XYZ Registry;
  5. The .GROUP and .SALON Sunrise Periods are ending;
  6. Multiple Registry just acquired .SHOPPING and .JETZT new gTLDs;
  7. A major Registrar just finalized its accreditation to .GDN;
  8. The new gTLD review from Domain Mondo  (.BLOG/.AMAZON and .AFRICA new gTLDs);
  9. 250.000 ".blog" domain names in 2016?
  10. New gTLD reports:
    1. New gTLDs related to Cities;
    2. New gTLDs related to Photography;
      (Two trademarks: the ".yodobashi" and ".goldpoint" new gTLDs were added, as well as the generic ".club" new gTLD: this due to the important number of photography clubs)
    3. New gTLDs related to Catering.
      (the ".pizza" new gTLD was added)
  11. Landrush for .コム new gTLD has started (".com" in Japanese);
  12. Can we assess who is leading the new dot brand gTLD?
  13. This post is updated during the day: all NEWS are sent at night in the Newsletter.
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