auDA signs new Registry Licence Agreement with AusRegistry

Future profits from org.au and asn.au sales to fund Australian Internet user organisations

Melbourne, 18 November 2005 - .au Domain Administration (auDA), the .au Domain Name Administrator, today announced that existing .au registry operator, AusRegistry, has signed a new Registry Licence Agreement with auDA following a competitive tendering process.

Chris Disspain CEO of auDA said, “AusRegistry was re-awarded the registry licence because of its superior technical & operational support, innovative marketing and education initiatives and its commitment to service excellence.  As such, it’s no surprise the majority of auDA accredited registrars provided letters of support in AusRegistry’s tender document.”

To coincide with the new appointment, AusRegistry has announced it will help fund the further development of Australia’s Internet industry by donating future profits of sales of org.au and asn.au domain names to select Internet user organizations.

In addition, AusRegistry will provide all auDA accredited registrars with enhanced financial and administrative support (via its Marketing Subsidy Program) to educate Australian Internet users about the .au namespace.

Mr Disspain applauded AusRegistry‘s commitment to the Internet industry.  He said, “These initiatives are evidence of AusRegistry’s commitment to offering innovative services to registrars and its passionate support of Australian Internet users.”

auDA and AusRegistry predict continued growth of .au registrations

Today’s announcements come at a time of rapid growth of .au domain name registrations.  In September 2005 the total number of registered com.au and net.au domain names exceeded 550,000.  auDA and AusRegistry also forecast continued strong growth of .au registrations by businesses, not-for-profit groups and individuals alike.

“Australian Internet users are continuing to realise the integrity of the .au domain name system and also want to differentiate themselves on the World Wide Web by promoting their Australian nationality,” Mr Disspain said.

AusRegistry to improve infrastructure and support services for registrars

To kick off its new four-year term AusRegistry will also provide additional services to auDA accredited registrars including advanced, real time, statistical information and reporting.  These services will help registrars gauge their overall business performance, analyse trends in the .au market and measure the success of their marketing campaigns.

To complement these services AusRegistry has committed to upgrading its hardware and software throughout 2006 in order to remain at the forefront of technological innovation.

Mr Disspain said he looked forward to working with AusRegistry for a second four-year term and thanked AusRegistry for its performance during the first term.

“I would like to congratulate AusRegistry for being awarded a second term. auDA is  looking forward to partnering with them to further develop the Internet for the benefit of all Australians,” Mr Disspain concluded.

ENDS

About auDA

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is an Australian not-for-profit company vested with the responsibility of operating the .au domain for the benefit of all stakeholders.

In its role as manager of the .au domain, auDA carries out the following functions:

  • develop and implement domain name policy
  • license 2LD registry operators
  • accredit and license registrars
  • implement consumer safeguards
  • facilitate .au Dispute Resolution Policy
  • represent .au at ICANN and other international fora.

Media Contacts:

Blackie McDonald

Grant Thomas, Account Director
Grant.Thomas@bmcd.com.au
02 9929 0200

Luke Dean, Account Manager
Luke.Dean@bmcd.com.au
02 9929 0200

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