Nic.at

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Type: Private Limited Company
Industry: Registry
Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Jakob-Haringer-Straße 8/V,
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Employees: 45
Website: Nic.at
Key People
Richard Wein, (CEO)
nTLDStats
TLDs: 1
Registrations: 1,896

More Info: nTLDStats

Nic.at functions as a Central Registrar and administrator for every domain of the .at ccTLD for Austria, including .co.at and .or.at. All requests for registration for .at domains are routed through its office and any such domain can only become active if it is first registered at Nic.at.

Note however, that the gv.at extension is controlled by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, while the ac.at extension falls under the auspices of the University of Vienna.[1]

History

The .at domains have been administered since 1988 through the University of Vienna. However, as the internet spread, the number of registrations vastly increased, making it necessary to have a business oriented company handle these registrations rather than a public authority.

With this in mind, the present company was established in 1998. In the year 2000 a limited liability company was founded.

The domain name council, which governs the organization, is made up of a wide spectrum of interest groups, with the goal of creating policies that are fair to everyone.[2]

Business

The company obviously earns its revenue largely through the sale of .at registrations and offers two avenues of purchase: either through direct registration or through a registrar.

The company insists that a direct contract be agreed to and maintained between Nic.at and the individual domain owner.[3]

Products and Services

Registration and Administration of .at Domains: nic.at administrates the data of the following domains: .at, .co.at and .or.at. nic.at and the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) represent the interests of the Austrian internet community in different public bodies, such a ICANN, CENTR, and RIPE. They are also permanently in touch with relevant organisations, like the Austrian Domain Name Council, the European Commission and technical bodies (e.g. IETF).

Registry in a Box - gTLD Backend Provider: Registry-in-a-box offers stable, high performance registry services adapted to individual needs. The solution is made in Austria, successfully in use by several gTLDs, .at as well as other European TLDs and ENUM operators and accompanied by consulting, training and operational services.

RcodeZero - Anycast: IPcom] is a subsidiary of nic.at and offers DNS anycast services incl. DNSSEC for TLD operators and registrars alike.[4]

Maintenance and Security: Nic.at also ensures maintenance of all these domains, as well as their security. The automatic checks of the domains are supplemented by manual checks as well.

Customer Service: Nic.at offers customer service, as well as Whois service for .at domains.

News Service: The company also regularly publishes domain related news.

Representation: The company represents the online Austrian community with bodies such as ICANN, CENTR and RIPE. The company also maintains close ties with its parent body, the University of Vienna. [5]

Recent News

The company put through a new gTLD in 2010, as well as updated their website.

The Nic.at team also worked on the development of contingency plans, as well as a DNSSEC testbed.[6]

References

External links

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