CentralNic Group PLC is a British multinational internet services holding company[1] headquartered in London, United Kingdom.[2] Its subsidiaries provide domain name registry[3] and registrar services,[4] in addition to associated products and services, including web hosting, brand management, and domain parking.[5]

CentralNic Group PLC is listed within the AIM market on the London Stock Exchange.


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In 2000, Stephen Dyer founded CentralNic[6] as a successor organisation to NomiNation, a company which he had founded in 1995.[7]

In 2013, CentralNic announced[8] that it planned to float on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

In early 2014, CentralNic acquired DomiNIC GmbH.[9]

In 2014, CentralNic acquired retail domain name registrar Internet.BS, for US$7.5m, adding to its expanding Registrar Portfolio.[10]

In 2015, CentralNic acquired Instra Corp and quickly integrated this retail and corporate domain name registrar into its portfolio.[11]

In 2018, CentralNic acquired the ccTLD for Slovakia (.sk) in a €26m deal.[12]

On 16 July 2018 CentralNic announced a merger with KeyDrive Group in a reverse takeover (according to AIM rules of the London Stock Exchange).[13]

On 6 September 2018 CentralNic acquired Romania and Brazil-focused registrar and domain hosting provider GlobeHosting Inc. for a consideration of €2.56 million.[14]

On 20 May 2019 CentralNic announced plans to acquire the leading Australian and New Zealand domain name and hosting reseller business TPP Wholesale for $24m AUD.[15]

On 1 July 2019 CentralNic acquired international domain name reseller platform Hexonet Group for up to €10 million.[16]

On 7 August 2019 CentralNic acquired international domain name retailer Ideegeo Group Ltd ("Ideegeo") for up to NZD$5.2 million (c.$3.4m USD).[17]

In November 2019 CentralNic acquired Team Internet from Matomy Media for $48m.[18]

In September 2020 CentralNic announced that it would acquire the Zeropark and Voluum businesses of Polish company Codewise for $36m.[19] The deal was completed in November 2020.

In January 2021 CentralNic acquired french brand protection registrar Safebrands for $4.4m.[20]

Companies within the group

Country code top-level domains

CentralNic Ltd, the domain name registry subsidiary of CentralNic Group PLC, registers second-level domains (SLDs) under these country code top-level domains (ccTLDs):[22]

New top-level domains

CentralNic registers SLDs under these [new] generic top-level domain (gTLDs):[23]

Second-level domains

CentralNic registers subdomains under these unofficial second-level domains (SLDs):

None of these domains is an official SLD. Therefore, this part of CentralNic's operation is a private sub-domain registry.

These subdomains have been relatively popular and sold across a wide range of domain registrars globally, including GoDaddy, Alibaba, Network Solutions, eNom, Webfusion, GMO Internet, Inc., Gandi, Key Systems, Directi, InternetX, and many others.[24]


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  6. ^ McCarthy, Kieren (2004-06-23). "Vote for who should run the UK's Internet". The Register. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  7. ^ "Exhibit 1 Information on Nominet UK". ICANN. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  8. ^ Titcomb, James (2013-08-12). "UK web domain firm CentralNic eyes London IPO". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  9. ^ "CentralNic acquires assets of DomiNIC GmbH". TheDomains.com. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ "CentralNic buys domain name registrar Internet.bs (IBS) - Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News & Website Stuff". Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News & Website Stuff. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ HawkesBayToday, Patrick O'Sullivan Patrick O'Sullivan is Hawke's Bay Today business editor patrick osullivan@nzme co nz (2015-12-14). "Instra snapped up for $35m". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-03-03. ((cite news)): |first= has generic name (help)
  12. ^ "BRIEF-Centralnic Group to acquire business and assets of SK-NIC". Reuters. 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  13. ^ "CentralNic closes transformational acquisition of KeyDrive". 16 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Press Release, 6th September 2018". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  15. ^ "Press Release, May 20th 2019". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  16. ^ "Press Release, July 1st 2019". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  17. ^ "Press Release, August 7 2019". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  18. ^ "CentralNic Acquires Team Internet AG for up to $48 million (USD)". 15 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019..
  19. ^ "CentralNic to acquire monetization company Codewise for $36 million". 10 September 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021..
  20. ^ "CentralNic Group snaps up 'French footprint' SafeBrands, 'making us major non-US company in space'". 18 January 2021. Retrieved 27 January 2021..
  21. ^ "Retail".
  22. ^ "Complete TLD List : Domain Names : CentralNic". CentralNic website. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  23. ^ "Generic Top-level Domains (GTLDS)".
  24. ^ "Accredited Registrars : Support: CentralNic". centralnic.com. Retrieved 2019-04-17.