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Neustar’s .au deal in peril as Aussies look in-house

Kevin Murphy, May 10, 2017, 14:03:21 (UTC), Domain Registries

Australian ccTLD registry auDA is looking at bringing its back-end infrastructure in house, to the possible detriment of Neustar.
In a surprise move, auDA said late last month that several months of talks with AusRegistry, aimed at possibly extending its current back-end contract beyond 2018, had failed.
AusRegistry has operated .au for auDA since 2002, during which time the ccTLD has grown to 3.1 million domains.
The company was acquired by Neustar in 2015 as part of its $87 million acquisition of Bombora Technologies, parent to AusRegistry and ARI.
auDA said it has now launched an invitation-only “restricted tender exercise” to find advisers to help it build its own registry back-end.
AusRegistry will be among those invited to participate, auDA confirmed.
This week, the registry also announced that it has hired Bruce Tonkin, formerly of Melbourne IT and the ICANN board of directors, to be its “Registry Transformation Project Lead”.
It will also form an “Industry-led Advisory Panel” to give .au registrars a say in how the new registry is designed and built.

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Comments (1)

  1. Jim Davies says:

    Allowing a monopoly license to a commercial supplier without putting it out to tender was wrong and should have changed at least 10 years ago.

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