From: Skeeve Stevens <skeeve§skeeve.org>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 19:19:27 +1100
* Well.. Registrars Asia is offering to do org.au for free if they get
all the registries... which I doubt would happen.. but it's a nice

Anyone know anything much about these guys?


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First .info, now .au
Kate Mackenzie
NOVEMBER 12, 2001  
AN Australian company has teamed up with the American .info operator in
a bid to operate the .au registries.

Melbourne-based Registrars Asia has joined forces with Afilias, which
launched .info - the first of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs)
- in September. 
Registrars Asia, which has been an ICANN accredited registrar since
September, expects Melbourne IT will be its main competitor. 

The .au Domain Authority put the registries for .com.au, .net.au,
.edu.au, .org.au, .id.au .gov.au, .asn.au and .id.au out for tender late
last week. Companies could bid to run one, some or all of the
second-level domains. 

AuDA said it would not release details of bidders after today's 2pm
deadline, but expected to make its decision by the end of the month. 

The Afilias partnership would make Registrars Asia a serious contender
against Melbourne IT. 

Registrars Asia chief executive Simon Delzoppo said he was not certain
whether Melbourne IT had bid for any of the registries. So far it has
enjoyed a monopoly position as the only registrar of .com.au names,
which account for about 90 per cent of all Australian domain names. 

"We would assume, given their previous experience, that they would be
bidding," Mr Delzoppo said. 

Melbourne IT will be able to draw on similar experience from its 10 per
cent investment in NeuLevel, which runs the .biz registry. 

Both Afilias and NeuLevel use the new Extensible Provisioning Protocol
(EPP) standard, which auDA will require winning registries to use. EPP
is used for communications between domain name registries and
wholesalers/retailers, known as registrars. 

Mr Delzoppo said if his company was successful, he hoped to double
.com.au registrations within four years and expand the use of lesser
known names such as .asn.au (associations) and .id.au (personal). 

Registrars Asia would continue to provide the non-profit .org.au names
for free if it was successful in bidding for all registries. 

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