AUSTIN, Texas and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Directi Group, a global leader in Internet products and Web services, and its new subsidiary, Radix, today announced that it is the sole ICANN gTLD applicant for the .space, .press and .host strings. It was also revealed that Radix will be competing on the remaining 28 out of 31 gTLDs that it has applied for.
According to latest updates from ICANN, there are 1930 applications for new generic top level domains. Of these, there are 303 applications from the Asia-Pacific Region and Radix (http://radixregistry.com), is the largest applicant from this region with a portfolio of 31 new gTLD strings.
"We are very excited to be a part of the Internet's next genesis," said Bhavin Turakhia, founder of Directi and Radix. "This new gTLD process gives industry stalwarts an opportunity to leverage their extensive experience and apply it to developing stronger foundations for the future of the internet. This next phase of the Internet is an exciting time for consumers. People will finally be able to register first-choice domain names and not settle for hyphenated two letter names."
The most competitive string is .app with 13 applicants in total. Other top strings include:
- 11 for .home
- Nine for .blog and .shop
- Eight for .movie and .music
- Seven for .store, .hotel, .news, .web
- Six for .online, .law, .baby
- Five for .site
- Four for .play, .chat and .insurance
- Three for .city, .deals, .hosting, .doctor, and .website
- Two for .loans, .ping, .click, .one, .world, .bank
Lack of competition on .host, .press and .space suggests a good chance that Radix will be awarded these strings and will operate these extensions in the future.
He added, "We see a great potential in each of the domain extensions that we've applied for. All of them will help create a better Internet for the communities they serve while ensuring that every namespace is maintained and kept free from malicious use."
Radix previously announced that it has invested $30 million in to the application process and intends to compete fully on all applications. Many of the strings applied for are considered critical or sensitive such as .bank or .loans. These applications require special consideration and additional levels of security and safety policies.
"Today's ICANN announcement marks an important milestone in the life of the Internet. ICANN's six-year new gTLD process has finally evolved into specific name strings that will compete to become the foundations of the Internet's next era," continued Bhavin.
Radix FZC (http://www.radixregistry.com) is a Directi Business whose mission is to become the registry operator of a variety of top level domains. Radix will be an active participant in ICANN's process to expand the Internet naming system, and will aim to obtain rights to operate several new generic domains. Radix will leverage Directi's rich domain expertise, and will be led by an able team that has helped flourish some of Directi's existing registrar and web hosting businesses.
About Directi Group
Directi (http://www.directi.com) is a $300+ million group of Businesses, that develop innovative mass-market Web Products serving millions of Customers worldwide. Directi businesses include ResellerClub.com, BigRock.com, LogicBoxes, Media.net, Skenzo and rank amongst the fastest growing businesses worldwide in their corresponding industry segments. The combined Product Portfolio of various Directi businesses includes - Communication and Collaboration apps, Social Networking software, Instant messaging, Context Analysis Engines, Anti-spam and Antivirus Solutions, Large scale Billing and Provisioning platforms, Traffic Monetization Solutions, Online Advertising Solutions, DNS Management Products, Linux and Windows Server Management Software, Web Hosting Control Panels and much more. Directi is headquartered in Dubai, UAE and has more than 800 employees world-wide across five offices in the UAE, India, United States, and China.