CentralNIC: Powering the xyz to Google's abc

Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:51pm EDT
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By Abhiram Nandakumar and Noor Zainab Hussain

Aug 13 (Reuters) - Ben Crawford was asleep 12,000 km (7,500 miles) from Google Inc's Mountain View, California headquarters this week when the Internet giant unveiled its new face.

Crawford, chief executive of London-based CentralNIC Group Plc, woke up in Sydney to learn that the domain powered by his company - .xyz - would host the website of Google's new company, Alphabet Inc.

Google registered abc.xyz as Alphabet's website because alphabet.com is owned by German automaker BMW.

"I read it and I was amazed," said Crawford, whose company's shares have soared almost 50 percent since Google stunned the market with the announcement of its reorganization on Monday.

Companies such as CentralNIC provide the technology that powers the registry of domains sanctioned by ICANN, which oversees the introduction of new Internet addresses. Since 2014, ICANN has been introducing hundreds of new so-called top-level domain addresses, such as .london and .sex.

Google's move to use .xyz is a strong endorsement of these new domains that give users more choice and flexibility as the Internet grows bigger. Registrations on the .xyz domain have increased by more than 27,000 since Google's announcement, according to ntldstats.com.

CentralNIC is the exclusive wholesaler for .xyz, by far the most popular of the new domains. It was created last year by 29-year-old Daniel Negari, ICANN's youngest registry operator.

Companies like CentralNIC sell these domains through retailers such as GoDaddy Inc and MarkMonitor, a company owned by Thomson Reuters Corp.   Continued...