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Donuts to Acquire Afilias in Deal That Will Further Expand World's Biggest Portfolio of TLD Registries

Donuts Inc., who already operates more top level domain registries (TLDs) than anyone else in the world, is about to get even bigger. The Bellevue, Washington based company, that currently operates some 240 domain extensions, has signed a deal to acquire most of Afilias Inc. for an undisclosed price. Afilias operates multiple TLDs, including .info, .global and .mobi, as well as several country codes, dotBrands and other generic TLDs. The company is also well-known for its excellence in providing back-end registry services for over 200 TLDs. The transaction, which will not include Afilias' mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close by

the end of the current quarter (4Q-2020), following successful completion of regulatory requirements.

Donuts CEO Akram Atallah said, "The Afilias and Donuts teams share a commitment to security, stability and reliability. This will only grow stronger as we implement the best technologies and services from each organization while maintaining seamless delivery to our registry and registrar partners as well as our end registrants."

Afilias CEO Hal Lubsen added, "We are thrilled to choose Donuts as the steward for Afilias' next phase. As a proven leader and innovator, we know that the synergies delivered to our registry clients, registrars and employees will benefit the entire domain community."

A press release announcing the deal noted, "The Donuts and Afilias teams will continue to provide registrar partners the same access to the domain names and services they've had in the past. With a combined Donuts and Afilias partnership, cyber-security will be a top priority and registrants will have even more simplicity, consistency, efficiency and quality to help them secure their online identities."

(Posted November 19, 2020)  

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