CentralNic Group Gains 680,000 Domain Names From Failed AlpNames

The domain name portfolio of failed discount registrar AlpNames is to be bulk transferred to 3 CentralNic subsidiaries. AlpNames, which had a history of being a home to spammers and scammers, went offline about a month ago and had its registrar accreditation rescinded by ICANN on 15 March.

This week ICANN and CentralNic announced that AlpNames’ 679,840 domain names were to be transferred registrars within the CentralNic group. Moniker will gain the vast majority of the domains being handed .biz, .com, .info, .net and .org domains, Key-Systems GmbH will gain .pro domains and Key-Systems, LLC all other gTLDs.

“We are delighted to have been transferred these domain names by ICANN,” said Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic. “This was a competitive process and our selection is a huge endorsement of the quality of our scalable platform, our exemplary track record and excellent reputation in the industry. We hope to be able to announce further successes of this kind in future.”

ICANN selected the 3 CentralNic subsidiaries following a full competitive application process. Such a process is the official procedure when a former registrar loses accreditation in order to ensure the end customers enjoy continuity of service. CentralNic is among the world’s top ten domain name registrars operating 13 retail and wholesale domain vendors including Key-Systems, Moniker, Instra, OnlyDomains, and BrandShelter. A number of criteria were taken into account in selecting CentralNic as the successful candidate, including the Company’s experience, history of compliance, stability, and overall reputation for professionalism.

The domain names will provide revenues to CentralNic as and when they are renewed by the end users at the end of their current subscription terms, the company said in a statement. They will be transferred to CentralNic at no cost and additional servicing costs are expected to be minimal as the new names can easily be accommodated on the Company’s highly scalable platform, which already supports over seven million domains.

Customers of the defunct registrar will be able to manage and renew their domains, as well as registering new domains, on the CentralNic Group retail website Moniker.com. This website will set up accounts for each customer and email them with their login details when the transfer process is complete.

Disclosure: CentralNic is the owner of instra, which is the owner of the Domain Pulse blog.