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NetNames was a British company that provided online brand protection, as well as domain name management and acquisition services. It was the first specialist domain name registration company. Founded in 1997, it ceased trading under its original name after acquisition by CSC Digital Brand Services.
NetNames Ltd was founded as part of Webmedia Group by Ivan Pope in 1996 and demerged from it in 1997. NetNames invented and developed the concept of a standalone commercial domain name registration service which would sell domain registration and other associated services to the public.
Netnames was acquired by NetBenefit plc in 1995 and renamed to Group NBT plc in 2004, the company officially consolidated all its corporate brands under the NetNames banner in January 2013.
In 2011, NetNames was bought by private equity firm HG Capital and delisted from the Alternative Investment Market. The following year, NetBenefit ltd, NetNames’ managed hosting division, was sold to Canadian IT infrastructure provider Peer 1 Hosting.
In 2016 NetNames was sold by HgCapital to US business services outfit CSC Global for an undisclosed sum. In 2018 CSC absorbed the NetNames brand into its own and NetNames stopped operating as a standalone entity.
The company was headquartered in London, with offices in Cambridge, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Zurich, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Melbourne and Singapore.
A series of global acquisitions made NetNames “one of the world’s largest corporate domain name management and online brand protection specialists”. Its acquisitions included Ascio Technologies, INDOM and Cedel, as well as WebIP in Australia and Adicio in Singapore.
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