12. December 2017, Bratislava: CentralNic Plc., a global leader in domain name technology and operations, listed on the London Stock Exchange, announces a significant strategic investment in Slovakia, becoming the owner of SK-NIC, manager of the top level .sk domain. The vendor is Dutch company DanubiaTel Netherlands B.V.

Ben Crawford, CEO, CentralNic, said:

“We are pleased that the transaction has been successfully completed. SK-NIC organically fits Into our portfolio and business objectives. We want for the SK-NIC to become a modern domains management company, that will be of a benefit for Slovak Internet and society as well as contribute to boosting Slovak digital economy.  To achieve this, we will enhance the Bratislava-based operation with new technology and expertise, and we will work closely together with our partners, customers and other important stakeholders.”

Mr. Peter Bíro will stay in his post as a Director of SK-NIC, and has been appointed by CentralNic to the SK-NIC’s Board of Directors and Commission. He is joined by CentralNic-appointed Head of Communications for SK-NIC Mr. Vladimir Vaňo, who also serves as Economist for CentralNic is. The company will retain all its current staff and is recruiting for additional staff in Slovakia to strengthen the team.

CentralNic will invest into improvements to the SK-NIC services by utilizing a unique technological platform of the Group and through providing new services. The company will support Slovak Internet community by providing quality, resilient and stable services for competitive prices. It will also contribute 5% of SK-NIC´s revenues to the designated fund that will support development of the Slovak digital economy, all in line of the contractual conditions with the Slovak government.

About SK-NIC, a. s.:

SK-NIC, a. s., is the administrator of the top-level domain .sk. It is recognized since middle of 90-ties by the manager of the DNS route zone, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, as the delegated manager of .SK (changing its name from EUNET Slovakia to EuroWeb Slovakia in 1999 and to SK-NIC in 2006). In 2006, SK-NIC also entered into an agreement with the Slovak Government unique among country codes in Europe, voluntarily transferring some of the competences of domain administration to the State, and submitting to levels of service requirements and a policy-making committee comprising representatives of the internet community as well as the Government. SK-NIC is the most successful country-code Top Level Domain registry in Europe in open engagement of its community as resellers, with over 5900 accredited registrars at its maximum in Slovakia (note: there are only 3 other ccTLDs registries in the European region with over 1000 registrars, and as an example there are only over 40 registrars in neighboring Czech Republic or 300+ in Germany, largest registry domain-wide). It has also perfect 100% DNS availability since it has been managed by SK-NIC, a.s. All staff and technology used by SK-NIC, a.s., is situated in Slovakia, where it operates with perfect 100% of DNS availability rate since it as a fully owned subsidiary of the global group CentralNic, listed on the London stock Exchange. CentralNic acquired SK-Nic from a private Netherlands-based company in December 2017.

About CentralNic:

CentralNic (LSE: CNIC) is a London-based company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Echange. It earns revenues from the worldwide sales of internet domain names using its proprietary technology platforms. CentralNic operates globally with customers in over 200 countries. It operates a global wholesale network, supplying domain names to over 1,500 vendors in 77 countries. As well as being a leading  provider of software, distribution, marketing, policy drafting, billing and other services to operators of country code Top-Level Domains, CentralNic is the exclusive wholesaler for over 60 new Top-Level Domain extensions (the new alternatives to .com and .net). These include .xyz, .site, .online, .website, .space, and .tech, all of which rank among the top twenty most subscribed new Top-Level Domains. This positions CentralNic as a leading global supplier with more than five million of these domains under management. CentralNic is also a leading global domain name retailer, managing twenty retail websites. Through its enterprise program, CentralNic supplies domain names, software and services directly to large companies and governments.

For more information please visit: www.centralnic.com