• HEXONET Clients Preparing for ICANN’s NewTLDs in Anticipation of Strong Future Demand

    October 2, 2012 // No Comments »

    HEXONET’s popular EOI (expression of interest) system allows clients to earmark, inventory, and prepare for the impending release of hundreds of valuable future ICANN NewTLDs.

    Vancouver, CANADA – September 27, 2012 – HEXONET GmbH (www.hexonet.net) announced today the release of its Expression of Interest (EOI) system to handle the burgeoning demand for yet-to-be-released new Top-Level-Domains (NewTLDs) from ICANN.  With the cost and value of domain names rising, businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs are already looking for ways to be first in line as these domains are released.  HEXONET’s EOI system takes nonbinding requests on future domain names to ensure clients are immediately notified and informed on the status of their requests, as well as, start a pre-order on any domain as they are approved by ICANN and made available by their respective registry.

    “HEXONET has a long history of having industry leading domain systems and platforms, including pre-registration systems, which have been leveraged by our clients to obtain thousands of premium domains in the past”, said Robert Birkner, HEXONET’s Chief Strategy Officer. “The EOI system is built on top of our highly successful pre-registration platform, which will ensure that any EOI registered name can easily transition into our renown pre-registration system as ICANN approves certain NewTLDs.”

    The initial set of ICANN NewTLDs available through HEXONET’s EOI system contains geographic and generic extensions. More NewTLDs will be added to the EOI system in the coming months.


    Geographic NewTLDs:

    Abudhabi, .Africa, .Amsterdam, .Barcelona, .Bayern, .Berlin, .Boston, .Brussels, .Budapest, .Capetown, .Cymru, .Dubai, .Durban, .Gent, .Hamburg, .Helsinki, .Istanbul, .Joburg, .Kyoto, .London, .Madrid, .Melbourne, .Miami, .Moscow, .Nagoya, .Nrw, .Nyc, .Okinawa, .Osaka, .Paris, .Quebec, .Rio, .Roma, .Ruhr, .Scot, .Stockholm, .Sydney, .Taipei, .Tirol, .Tokyo, .Vegas, .Wales, .Wien, .Yokohama, .Zuerich


    Generic NewTLDs:

    .Actor, .Agency, .Android, .Apartments, .APP, .Arab, .Art, .Attorney, Auction, .Audio, .Author, .Auto, .Baby, .Band, .Bar, .Baseball, .Basketball, .Beer, .Bet, .BIO, .Blog, .Book, .Boutique, .Broadway, .Buy, .Cafe, .Cars, .Casa, .Casino, .Charity, .Chat, .Christmas, .City, .Cloud, .Club, .Coffee, .Cool, .Corp, .Coupon, .CPA, .Data, .Deals, .Design, .Diet, .Discount, .Doctor, .Earth, .Eco, .Fail, .Family, .Fan, .Fashion, .Film, .Fitness, .Flowers, .Food, .Football, .Free, .Gallery, .Game, .Gay, .GmbH, .Golf, .Graphics, .Gratis, .Green, .Health, .Help, .HIV, .Hockey, .Home, .Hotel, .Inc, .Insurance, .Kids, .Kiwi, .Latino, .Law, .Lawyer, .Life, .Live, .LLC, .LLP, .LOL, .Love, .LTD, .Map, .Mail, .Marketing, .Med, .Media, .MLS, .Money, .Movie, .Music, .News, .NGO, .Now, .One, .Online, .Party, .Phone, .Photo, .Photography, .Play, .Poker, .Property, .Radio, .Realestate, .Reise, .Rent, .Restaurant, .RIP, .Sale, .School, .Secure, .Search, .Sex, .Shop, .Show, .Site, .Ski, .Soccer, .Space, .Sport, .Store, .Style, .Sucks, .Support, .Team, .Taxi, .Tech, .Tennis, .Terra, .Theater, .Tickets, .Today, .Trust, .Tube, .Video, .VIP, .Web, .Website, .Wiki, .WTF

    Posted in 1API GmbH, Domains, HEXONET, New TLDs, Popular Domains

    How nTLD Operators can Succeed with RegistrarOC

    September 29, 2011 // No Comments »

    In my series of posts on new TLDs, the goal has always been to inform and provide insight, from the perspective of a registrar.  With there being so much focus on ICANN and on registry operators during the initial stages of the nTLD process, we felt the voice of the registrar needed to be heard.  This is because, from our perspective, success for any new TLD will greatly depend on its support of registrars.

    My first post, “Does HEXONET Have Plans to be a REGISTRY Operator for newTLDs?“, was intended to make it clear that as a long standing registrar, our goal is to make any nTLD a success by doing what we have always done, by being a great registrar and nothing more.  My second post, “Choosing a Registry Operator for New TLDs“, was done to help prospective registry operators think critically about there registry platform, probably the single biggest decision that will affect their registry today and for years to come.  I wanted to give some key insights on registry platforms from our nearly ten years of operational knowledge as a registrar working with these various solutions and technologies.

    Making It Easy for Registrars to Start Selling Your nTLD

    Today’s post is to take the next step beyond the ICANN process and registry platforms, to start talking about registrars, the gatekeepers to the end customer.  For a prospective registry, the biggest questions about registrars is how to get as many of them on board as quickly as possible.  Most registrars are very busy selling domains, supporting domains, managing systems, and simply running their business.  And for many registrars, engineering resources are tight or non-existent.  As a result, for registrars, choosing to implement a nTLD requires a substantial return on investment.

    Given that even adding one nTLD for a registrar is a commitment, how will the possibility of  three, four or ten nTLD introductions in a given year affect that choice?  Registry operators need to be cognizant of possible slow registrar acceptance and implementation.  Sounds a bit scary right?  The good news is that HEXONET has a solution called RegistrarOC (Registrar Operations Center) that helps registrar’s quickly, easily, and cost-effectively add any new TLD.

    Help for Registrars in a Crowded nTLD Marketplace

    Potentially hundreds of nTLDs will be available over the next years.  Some of them are listed below.  A  more complete list of declared and potential applicants has been published by Kieren McCarthy, CEO of .NXT.

    • Community new TLDs: .eco, .gay, .gmbh, .fam, .love, .poker, …etc.
    • geo newTLDs: .tokyo, .nyc, .berlin, .paris, .sfo, .scot, .bcn, .china, …etc.
    • .brand newTLDs: .canon, .hitachi, .post, .motorola, .aigo, …etc.
    • generic newTLDs: .app, .bank, .bike, .food, .free, .music, .web, .videos, …etc.

    What if there was a way for registrars to simply add a nTLD to their sales system with little or no technical effort for registry integration, testing and on-going maintenance?  In this scenario, registrars can then offer a nTLD as soon it is available, even offer pre-registration!  This is exactly how HEXONET’s RegistrarOC solution helps registry operators and registrars.


    HEXONET’s RegistrarOC solution takes away all the technical and engineering overhead for registrars.  Designed to be plug and play, once a registrar is connected with the RegistrarOC solution, adding a nTLD is as simple as throwing a switch (add an accreditation and go!).  We even help and guide new businesses become accredited or help existing registrars quickly add new accreditations.

    HEXONET has successfully managed a comprehensive and extensive portfolio of gTLDs  and ccTLDs accreditations for nearly a decade.  We specialize in inter-operating with all the registry platforms at industry leading reliability and performance.  So with RegistrarOC, not only do registrars plug in to the technology, but more importantly, they also plug in to all the operational and engineering expertise garnered by HEXONET over the years.

    How Does RegistrarOC Work?

    Customers Responsibilities:

    • Integrate with HEXONET’s systems to manage your domains (Add, Transfer, Renew, Modify, ..etc) using a multitude one or a combination of interfaces: Mailrobot,  EPP 1.0, HTTPS-API, SOAP, XML/RPC and Web Interface
    • Execute the RAA (Registrar-Accreditation-Agreement) with a respective registry
    • Maintain a good standing with the Registry and ICANN
    • Execute an Agreement with a Registrar Data Escrow Supplier (e.g. Iron Mountain)
    • Pay your registry and ICANN Invoices

    HEXONET Responsibilities:

    • Conduct OT&E testing with the respective registry
    • Technically manage your production account
    • Ensure your accreditation is always up to date with the latest registry technical developments (DNSSEC, IPv6, …etc.)
    • Ensure you are in compliance with various ICANN requirements, such as RDE (Registrar Data Escrow), WDRP (Whois-Data-Reminder-Policy), …etc.
    • Ensure your data is always in-sync with the registry – a highly underestimated task by registrars that is potential very expensive future cost

    If you are interested in learning more then either visit the “RegistrarOC” solutions page or send us an email at sales@hexonet.net.  We would be happy to arrange a quick conference call to explain the product in more detail.

    Posted in 1API GmbH, Domains, General, HEXONET, New TLDs, Popular Domains, Technology

    ICANN Approves Historic Changes to the Internet

    June 20, 2011 // No Comments »

    ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet’s Domain Name System
    Board Votes to Launch New Generic Top-Level Domains

    Singapore | ICANN’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System. The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

    During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings — called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net.

    “ICANN has opened the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.

    Read the entire Press Release at http://www.icann.org/ and experience the excitement in the room at the time of the vote.  Many individuals and organizations have been working towards this goal for many years now.  Congrats to all!

    Source: http://www.icann.org

    Posted in Domains, General, New TLDs

    “Three Lessons We Can Learn from the gTLDs’ Past”

    November 24, 2010 // No Comments »

    An excellent article written by Alexa Raad, former CEO of PIR (Public Interest Registry – .ORG) on “Lessons learned from the gTLDs’ Past”.

    A MUST read article if you are thinking of applying for a new TLD.

    Posted in New TLDs

    ICANN Regional Meeting and More Questions on nTLDs

    August 25, 2009 // No Comments »

    ICANN Regional Meeting – Toronto, Canada

    Thanks to ICANN for hosting the North America Regional meeting at the Sheraton in downtown Toronto, Canada.  This event was done first class and was in my opinion a highly successful meeting.  A special thanks goes out to Afilias for sponsoring the “Blue Jays” vs. “Red-Sox” baseball game at Rogers Centre, it was a blast.

    At this regional ICANN meeting many interesting topics were covered.  Some topics though not at the foremost of my mind, surprisingly were not only highly interesting but very informative.  The topics were:

    • ICANN Policy
    • Terminated Registrar Transition Process
    • new gTLDs
    • Contractual Compliance
    • Registry/Registrar Dialogue
    • Update on the Registrar Constituency
    • Security Issues
    • National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA) & FBI

    Among all the topics, the new TLD process continues to dominate mind share as expected.  Specifically for nTLDs, my take away from the meeting in Toronto, was that the next draft guidebook for applicants should be ready prior to the ICANN meeting in Seoul in late October. So it looks like full steam ahead for nTLDs!

    With so many TLDs (estimate 100 – 200 plus) presumably in queue for filing (.food, .wine, .blog, .movie, .eco … ), I would really like to get some insight on how these new TLDs will be introduced.  Moreover, if applications are to  be approved in batches, in what order will these approved TLDs be released and in what groupings.  Questions that come to mind are:

    a. Will there be a specific order in which new TLDs are launched?

    b. If yes, what is the criteria in determining launch order?  Will the criteria be open and reviewable?

    c. If there is no order and it becomes “Launch whenever ready”, what potential confusion could there be to the market if too many nTLDs are released in the same month?  How will the market be able to compensate this?

    d. Other open questions?  YES!

    A License to Print Money

    One big lesson everyone is learning now from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, is that free money is not free.  The loosening of restrictions in the housing market (anyone could get a house or borrow against their home) let the unqualified to buy and borrow, which in the end (when they couldn’t pay their debts) started the collapse of the house market.  In some ways, there are parallels in the way we are treating nTLDs.

    Not to say the applicants for nTLDs are not qualified, but more importantly, to point out the fact that running a successful registry today is increasingly more difficult.  The days of simply opening a registry and seeing millions of registrations are long gone.  Yes the days of “printing money” in my opinion are over, unless you have a unique concept.

    I believe our industry is projecting the idea that running a registry is easy – No experience necessary, work only a little, make big money!  Without giving applicants a dose of the operational reality of running a successful registry, we are only increasing the chances of having more of them fail.  When enough nTLDs fail, just like the housing bubble burst, everyone will get hurt.

    Posted in Domains, General, New TLDs