Afilias has won the contract to run the backend registry services for a number of country code domain extensions. The new contract will see Afilias handling the technical side of .io, .ac and .sh which are currently run in-house by The Internet Computer Bureau.
In the past few years the .io ccTLD has become popular with startups as an alternative to .com.
Details of the deal and a timeline of when Afilias will takeover the backend services haven’t been released.
Transitioning the existing domain names over to the Afilias registry complex will require a certain degree of co-ordination with registrars, but from the registry’s perspective this should be seen as a positive move, as they’ll have access to more registrars than before.