RegistryPro, the exclusive operator of the .PRO top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet, has announced the results of the first phase of its historic one- two- and three-character release and allocation campaign. Phase I, Request for Proposal (RFP), is the first in the registry's comprehensive plan to release ultra-premium, high-demand domain names. The registry also announced two valuable new partnerships, as industry leader eNom, Inc. and AB CONNECT have both signed on as .PRO registrars.
"From the first day we announced the RFP process for these highly valuable names, applicants submitted unique and exciting visions for their one- two- and three-character .PRO names," said Matt Buckland, director of operations for RegistryPro. "Of these, we identified nine that exceeded our RFP guidelines and stood out as clear choices for allocation. We're pleased to say each applicant demonstrated a commitment to .PRO in the areas of technical and corporate infrastructure as well as marketing and financial resources, which align perfectly with our vision for .PRO."
According to RegistryPro's website, the names allocated during the RFP are:
AED.PRO, allocated to Advanced Electronic Designs, Inc., Bozeman, MT USA — Advanced Electronic Designs is an electronic engineering services provider specializing in hardware and software design for embedded systems.
DOM.PRO, allocated to Nedvizhimost, Moscow, Russia — creating a common database for Russian real estate companies.
E1.PRO, allocated to e-One, Chicago, IL USA — e-One launches community-wide green initiatives to help them create extraordinary, positive environmental impacts.
LOC.PRO, allocated to LocPro Localization Company, Istanbul, Turkey — LocPro provides localization services including desktop publishing and quality control for regional languages such as Turkish, Arabic and Greek.
OVH.PRO, allocated to OVH, Roubaix, France — OVH, Telephony and Web hosting solutions.
SFR.PRO, allocated to SFR, SA, Paris, France — SFR is a leading French and European alternative telecommunications operator.
TIC.PRO, allocated to The Internet Channel, LLC (TIC), La Jolla, CA USA — The Internet Channel is a global entertainment and social network portal managed by an international group of creative professional producers.
TOP.PRO, allocated to Top Greenhouses L.T.D., Rishon LeZion, Israel — Top Greenhouses is a market-oriented company, which designs manufactures and installs greenhouses and other kinds of agricultural structures.
411.PRO, allocated to WBC Media Inc., Mont Fleuri, Seychelles — WBC Media is a local search company that helps businesses and professionals connect with Internet and mobile audience.
"These nine names are being allocated to individuals and companies who uniquely represent the future of .PRO," said Buckland. "We look forward to enhancing their outstanding professional content with the distinctive .PRO identity."
RegistryPro has taken advantage of its increased market focus by cultivating several new relationships and increasing its registrar footprint. Industry leader eNom, Inc. along with French registrar AB CONNECT are just two of the newest registrars to be certified in .PRO.
"We're thrilled to welcome eNom, Inc. and AB CONNECT to the .PRO family of registrars during this exciting time," said Buckland. "As we continue to expand our brand in the marketplace, new partnerships will be the key to our growth. These relationships open .PRO to millions of potential registrants and greatly increase our presence in the marketplace."
"eNom takes great pride in the ability to offer our customers a wide variety of options when it comes to TLDs, and we continuously look for new additions by cultivating relationships with industry partners. We are pleased to work with RegistryPro to raise awareness of .PRO and are excited to become a registrar of this distinctive extension," said Chris Sheridan, vice president of platform for Demand Media.
The next phase of .PRO's one- two- and three-character release and allocation is Phase II, auction, to be followed by Phase III, first-come, first-served. Details of the next phases will be announced via the company's social media outlets, Twitter, Facebook and w. Prospective bidders are encouraged to subscribe to these accounts for information about domain availability, auction providers and official release dates.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, RegistryPro is the ICANN-designated operator of the .PRO TLD. Since launching in 2004, .PRO has become an important tool for businesses, organizations and individuals in building trusted relationships throughout the world. In many languages, "pro" is synonymous with dedication, skill, and vision — the .PRO name allows people to capture that distinctive character. Whether developing a brand, refining an identity, or promoting a specialty, .PRO offers every business and professional the opportunity to enhance their image by adding a powerful, easy-to-identify name to their online presence and web-based products. (Learn More)
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