Domain Name Provider CentralNic to Acquire German Domain Specialist HEXONET

July 3, 2019
Domain Name Provider CentralNic to Acquire German Domain Specialist HEXONET
Domain name provider CentralNic Group PLC (CentralNic) is to acquire German domain name platform provider HEXONET/1API (HEXONET). CentralNic, which has headquarters in London, United Kingdom, was established in 1995. The company specializes in all manner of domain name registry services, offering TLDs, ccTLDs, and gTLDs. “The fastest growing company in the domain industry,” it also offers managed DNS services, brand protection options and internet governance guidance alongside web hosting packages, email, and SSL certificates. It also operates a network of 4,600 resellers. CentralNic caters to customers in more than 250 countries and has 5 million domain names on its books. The company’s acquisition of HEXONET is set to cost €10 million ($11.2 million).

HEXONET has headquarters in Homburg, Saarland, Germany, and a presence in Vancouver, Canada. The company was founded in 1999 and like CentralNic, has a strong focus on domain-related services such as domain backorders, preorders, and aftermarket domains. It also offers SSL certificates and server options. HEXONET boasts “world-renowned technology, service, and product offerings” and caters to “thousands of individuals, Internet specialists, and businesses in over 100 countries”. CentralNic has suggested the company will remain as it is and operate independently for the foreseeable future.

“This is an exciting day for CentralNic and the culmination of five years of discussions,” explained the CEO of CentralNic, Ben Crawford. “We welcome HEXONET/1API into the CentralNic family and promise that HEXONET customers will continue to receive the same excellent service they currently enjoy under our stewardship. Our vision and commitment for 2020 and beyond is to bring together the HEXONET and Key-Systems teams in the creation of our next generation reseller platform and services. The goal is to deliver the best technologies, functionality, and automation to provide resellers access to the widest range of products and services while providing them the expert 24/7 customer service they expect.”

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