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Afilias Expands Market Leadership With Acquisition of RegistryPro

Afilias Limited, the ICANN-designated registry operator for the .INFO top level domain (TLD) and a global provider of domain registry services, today announced that it has acquired Registry Services Corporation (d.b.a. RegistryPRO), the ICANN-designated operator of the .PRO TLD, from Hostway Corporation. This brings to 17 the number of top-level domains that Afilias supports, including seven generic TLDs (gTLD) operating under ICANN contracts and seven new TLDs launched since 2001.

Under the terms of the deal, Karim Jiwani will be the President of RegistryPRO and continue to spearhead .PRO growth initiatives, leveraging Afilias' technology.

Jiwani said, "I am excited that the .PRO domain will soon be able to take advantage of Afilias' market-leading registry services platform to give .PRO customers the best possible service. In the meantime, we'll be operating on a business-as-usual basis until the migration plan is complete."

"Since its 2004 launch, the .PRO domain has helped professionals in a variety of fields across the world enhance their visibility on the Internet," said Hal Lubsen, CEO of Afilias. "But it takes attention, dedication and resources to help a TLD achieve its full strategic potential. That's why Afilias, which is focused on building TLDs, is excited to have .PRO join our portfolio of growing, successful domains."

Afilias provides registry and DNS services for over 20 million domains, including more than eight million .INFO domains and one million .MOBI domains registered worldwide. In addition, Afilias supports .ORG, .AERO, .ASIA, .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BZ (Belize), .GI (Gibraltar), .HN (Honduras), .IN (India), .LC (St. Lucia), .ME (Montenegro), .MN (Mongolia), .SC (the Seychelles), .VC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and .XXX.

.PRO

About .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. Visit Page

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