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Afilias Enhances Registry Services to Speed Resolution of .IN Names in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA – 17 January 2006 – Afilias Limited today announced.IN that it has enhanced its registry services in support of the .IN domain to deliver faster, more robust services in India. The .IN domain now joins generic top level domains .info and .org as having the fastest Web site resolution times within the region.

"We strive to support all of our domains in a state of the art manner everywhere around the globe including important, emerging parts of the world like India," said Ram Mohan, Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Technology Officer of Afilias. "The amount of time for Internet users to have a .IN Web site load and appear in their browser will be shortened to less than 40 milliseconds, compared to approximately 5000 milliseconds, before the service enhancement. This upgrade will allow Afilias to improve the user experience in the entire Asia region, which should help speed worldwide adoption and use of domains we support."

This service enhancement is a result of the installation of a new DNS node in a facility co-located with the .IN TLD nameserver and one of the core Internet root servers. The India node is part of a global DNS network provided to Afilias by its partner, UltraDNS, a leading DNS provider.

"Afilias' continuous service enhancements to accommodate its customers in India, serves to reinforce the growing importance of India as an emerging, Internet & BPO/ITES powerhouse, by leveraging Internet technologies worldwide," said Sanjay Dwivedi, President of the ISP Association of India and CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). "This service enhancement reinforces Afilias' commitment to improving the service for Internet and broadband users in India and its commitment to supporting the continued growth of the .IN domain."

Background

Afilias currently provides registry services for the .IN registry through its wholly owned subsidiary, Afilias India. Afilias' "registration to resolution" service in India now enables .IN domains to be the fastest resolving domains in the country.

About Afilias

Afilias Limited, a fully integrated global provider of domain name registry services, maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, Canada, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India. Afilias provides a full range of registry services leveraging proven technology that is fast, reliable and secure. Afilias provides registry services support to the .ORG gTLD (under contract to Public Interest Registry), the .INFO gTLD and several country code TLDs.