In a press release overnight, Donuts, Inc announced the acquisition of Afilias, Inc.
Donuts Inc., the global leader in next generation top-level domains (TLD) and digital identity, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which will not include Afilias’ mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close in Q4 2020, following successful completion of regulatory requirements.
The Afilias registry business features a prominent back-end registry platform, DNS solutions and cyber-security expertise. Afilias operates the authoritative directories and DNS for over 200 top-level domains. The Afilias registry business also includes an impressive array of top-level domains such as .info, .global, and .mobi, as well as country codes, dotBrands and other generic TLDs.Courtesy – CircleID.com
How Does This Affect Australia?
auDA has just posted a statement on their website in the last 30 minutes.
Donuts Inc. has today announced an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. subject to completion of regulatory requirements.
Under its Registry License Agreement, any Change of Control of its Registry Operator, Afilias Australia Pty Ltd., requires the written consent of auDA. auDA has commenced a formal due diligence process to inform its decision regarding consent.
The process will seek to ensure Donuts Inc., as the new ultimate holding company, can meet the high standards that Afilias Australia Pty Ltd is required to meet, and that Afilias Australia Pty Ltd will continue to deliver the stable, secure and reliable operation of the .au domain space.
What do you think about this acquisition? Will there be any flow on effect to Australian registrants?
As one wag said to me 10 minutes ago, at least it wasn’t GoDaddy in this latest bout of musical chairs! 🙂