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OpenRegistry behind 20 new gTLD apps

Kevin Murphy, April 25, 2012, 08:33:03 (UTC), Domain Registries

OpenRegistry will provide the back-end technical infrastructure for 20 new generic top-level domain applications filed by 15 clients, according to a report.

Dutch telco KPN, consultancy Deloitte and financial management firm LPL Financial are among its dot-brand clients, according to Knack.be, quoting executives.

Presumably, we’re looking at bids for .kpn and .lpl as well as .deloitte, which Deloitte confirmed earlier this month.

Its portfolio of applications also includes two cities – one is .gent for Ghent, the other is an American city – and two generic terms that have not yet been revealed.

(UPDATE: While OpenRegistry is not naming the American city, I hear through the grapevine that it might be Boston).

Its clients have a total market cap of $150 billion, according to the report.

That’s not a bad roster for the start-up, whose technical arm is known as Sensirius. The Benelux company was founded in late 2010 by former executives from EuroDNS and Belgian ccTLD manager DNS.be.

A year ago it won the contract to manage the back-end for .sx, the new ccTLD for Sint Maarten.

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Comments (3)

  1. Samit says:

    Slightly OT to your main post, thanks for that btw, since .sx exists would .sex even be allowed per ICANNs own rules?

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Sint Maarten could object on confusingness grounds. So could Sweden (.se)

      Alternatively, the String Similarity Panel could find them confusing without a formal objection being filed.

  2. It looks like CityTLD.eu should update its site, if Open Registry is doing .GENT.

    http://www.dotgent.be/

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