NIXI seeks new infrastructure company, may replace GoDaddy

Started by Domaining News, Feb 08, 2023, 02:10 AM

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The Indian ccTLD registry NIXI is planning to take over day-to-day management of the EPP registry, DNS, Whois, and other services from its current back-end provider, GoDaddy Registry.

NIXI currently has over three million domains under management, and is looking to expand its role as overseer of .in and other TLDs. It wants a company to design and build a registry system, run it for a year, then hand over operations to NIXI before retreating into a maintenance role for seven years. The selected provider must be an established company in India with subsidiaries in other developing countries. NIXI wants to become the back-end for ccTLDs in other developing countries as part of its future expansion plan. This could be the largest TLD migration in history.

It is interesting to see NIXI making a strategic move to become a back-end registry services provider for its own .in and other TLDs. The fact that NIXI wants the selected provider to be an established company in India shows the increasing importance that local expertise and knowledge are playing in the domain industry.


NIXI, or the National Internet Exchange of India, is actively seeking a new infrastructure company to potentially replace GoDaddy. NIXI is responsible for managing and operating the .IN country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry for India. GoDaddy, currently the back-end service provider for the .IN registry, has been facing criticism from the Indian government over various issues, including the handling of content related to illegal activities.

NIXI aims to ensure the security, stability, and reliability of the .IN registry while also adhering to the objectives laid out by the Indian government. As part of this process, NIXI has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) to seek proposals from potential infrastructure companies capable of taking up this responsibility.

By exploring alternatives to GoDaddy, NIXI hopes to find a partner that can effectively manage the technical operations and support services associated with the .IN ccTLD registry. The selected company would be expected to provide robust infrastructure, enhanced security measures, better policy compliance, and improved customer support.

The decision to potentially replace GoDaddy reflects the Indian government's efforts to ensure the integrity and security of its domain name registration process. While GoDaddy remains a prominent player in the domain registration industry, NIXI's evaluation process will help determine the most suitable candidate for this critical role.

It is important to note that as of now, no official replacement for GoDaddy has been announced. The process is still ongoing, and NIXI will carefully evaluate the proposals received before making any final decisions regarding the future infrastructure provider for the .IN ccTLD registry.