Afilias announced 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 nTLDstats chart when it comes to total registration numbers.
Afilias already provides backend registry services to .global and given Cloud Names.
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 comes second in the list, and in total has close to over 452,000 DUM.
Afilias has been the registry services provider for .GLOBAL since it was delegated. However, the change of ownership has little practical impact on registrar customers and none on registrants. Afilias in their announcement says that some paperwork will need to be updated, and Afilias will provide support for the administrative changes.