Afilias announced on Monday it was acquiring the .global new gTLD from Cloud Names to add to its stable. It will be Afilias’ 22nd new gTLD and add 48,650 domain names to the 172,700 domain names under management it currently has. It’s currently 63rd on the nTLD stats chart when it comes to total registration numbers.
Afilias already provides backend registry services to .global and given Cloud Names. The current operator, only has this one new gTLD under its management. It’s likely that they will exit the new gTLD business as a company. .cloud was delegated in June 2014 and entered General Availability in September 2014 and has been on a gradual but continuous rise ever since.
Afilias also provides backend registry services for 191 new generic top level domains. the largest is .xin with 94,000 domain names under management. .global is the second, and in total has close to over 452,000 DUM.