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.PRO Surges Passed 100,000 Registered Names

RegistryPro, the exclusive operator of the .PRO top-level domain on the Internet, today announced it has surpassed 100,000 registered names for the first time in its seven-year history. News of the milestone came one day after industry leader Key-Systems was announced as the newest authorized .PRO registrar.

"On behalf of the entire RegistryPro Team, we're excited to announce that .PRO has surpassed the 100,000 registered names," said Lucas Roh, CEO of RegistryPro. "We'd like to take the opportunity to thank our registrars for their partnerships and our end-users-the businesses, professional organizations, and individuals-who have adopted .PRO in record numbers. We'd also like to welcome those who have not already done so to discover the rich landscape of .PRO and the many high-quality names still available."

Since launching in 2004, .PRO has evolved into one of the most accessible and valuable names in the lucrative professional services and business segments of the Internet. Any businesses or professionals that have licenses to conduct business or offer professional services can register .PRO names.

According to registry operator data published on ICANN's website through November, .PRO is one of only six gTLDs to achieve 11 consecutive months of growth in 2010 and ranks sixth among gTLDs with a net increase of over 53,000 names. .PRO also achieved 133% growth through November, which ranks second among all gTLDs though November 2010.

The historic 100,000th .PRO name was registered by Network Solutions on January 25th just one day after RegistryPro welcomed another industry leader, Key-Systems as its newest authorized registrar.

"Key-Systems is glad to be an official .PRO registrar. .PRO is a professional way to present businesses on the Internet," said Key-Systems CEO Alexander Siffrin.

Key-Systems offers .PRO second- and third-level domain names via its three registration portals: BrandShelter.com, RRPproxy.net and domaindiscount24.com. RRPproxy offers fully-automated domain registrations to traders and domain resellers at a wholesale level via different API gateways and Web interface. BrandShelter provides companies and brand owners with services aimed at managing and securing domain names as well as protecting brand use on the Internet. domaindiscount24 (dd24) is a domain portal specifically tailored to meet the needs of retail customers.

"RegistryPro is excited to welcome Key-Systems to the .PRO family of registrars," said Roh. "As .PRO continues to set new records for growth, we're proud that industry leaders like Key-Systems have elected to offer .PRO to their valued clients."

About Key-Systems

Key-Systems is an international, ICANN accredited registrar, which currently administers more than 2.7 million domains for more than 70,000 end customers and 1,700 resellers worldwide. The company with 54 employees is the second largest ICANN registrar in Europe and one of the 15 largest in the world (Source: webhosting.info). Key-Systems' headquarters are located in St. Ingbert/Germany. Furthermore, the company runs two subsidiaries in the USA and Mexico and owns a majority interest in the Polish registrar AZ.pl.

Key-Systems is constantly expanding its domain portfolio with new extensions and services such as vServers, SSL certificates or web hosting. Via the end customer portal domaindiscount24.com, the reseller portal RRPproxy.net and the corporate domain portal BrandShelter.com, customers are currently able to register domain names with more than 280 different top-level- and second-level extensions fully automated.

Furthermore, Key-Systems offers the realization of any TLD worldwide on customer's request.

About .PRO

.PRO

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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