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Monday, March 04, 2019

.IN Joins .US, .CO, .NYC and .BIZ Top‐Level Domains With Marketing and Technical Solutions by Neustar


Neustar announced the successful completion on the transition of the .IN ccTLD  and have officially taken over as the .IN Registry Technical Services Provider. 

  • In August 2018 Neustar was awarded the contract to be Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the .IN ccTLD by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), following a Request for Proposal process.
  • Following the award and signing of the contract in October, work commenced immediately on preparing for the transition scheduled for 28 February, along with a maximum 48-hour maintenance period during which time access to the .IN Registry would be cut-off for new domain registrations, as well as updates to existing domains. The transition ran very smoothly and was completed at 00:01 UTC, March 01, 2019.
  • With Neustar as Technical Service Provider, .IN will benefit from a number of upgrades and improvements, providing increased service to Registrar partners and all .IN domain Registrants and users. These include enabling end-to-end Registry web Portal language support for Indian Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), allowing Registrars to provide IDNs in their local-language native script from registration all the way to management and reporting of IDNs.

According to a recent report released by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (India’s Trillion-Dollar Digital Opportunity Report), “India is among the top three global economies in terms of the number of digital consumers. With 560 million internet subscriptions in 2018, up from 238.71 million in 2013, India is the second-largest subscription market in the world”.  With this transition, the .IN domain is poised for its next phase of growth and will provide a secure, reliable domain that empowers millions of Indian businesses, brands and entrepreneurs.

Neustar Regional Director – Technical Services, Nitin Wali said, “We are very excited about the partnership with NIXI as we are convinced that .IN is uniquely positioned for significant growth within the Indian and global domain name market. Together, we are excited to cement .IN’s place as a national legacy of the Indian digital economy.” 

According to Nicolai Bezsonoff, Vice President and General Manager of Neustar Registry Solutions, “With Neustar as a technical services provider, the .IN domain will benefit from a number of upgrades and improvements that support internet users, Registrars and other stakeholders.”  He added, “We are honoured to partner with NIXI and are confident that together we can support all Indian internet users with a fast, secure and accessible .IN.”  

Shri Sanjay Goel, CEO NIXI & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India said, “Neustar’s capabilities and experience are well suited to supporting .IN in this time of innovation and growth.

In seeking a new Registry provider for .IN, it was important to NIXI that we found a partner who is well respected in the industry and has a demonstrated history of professionalism, innovation, and integrity.”

“Neustar has a strong reputation in the domain name Registry space with extensive ccTLD experience. We look forward to working with Neustar over this next dynamic phase of our .IN namespace, to develop and provide enhanced and secure DNS services for all Indian internet users and stakeholders,” Mr. Goel added.

You can find further updates on the transition at www.transitionsupport.in, including announcements of Neustar’s appointment of Nitin Wali (Regional Director – Technical Services) and new office location in India.


About Neustar
Neustar Data Infotech (India) Private Limited is a subsidiary of Neustar, Inc., a leading global information services provider driving the connected world forward with responsible identity resolution. As a company built on a foundation of Privacy by Design, Neustar is depended upon by the world’s largest corporations to help grow, guard and guide their businesses with the most complete understanding of how to connect people, places and things. Neustar’s unique, accurate and real-time identity system, continuously corroborated through billions of transactions, empowers critical decisions across our clients’ enterprise needs. More information is available at https://www.home.neustar.


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