Nominet named EBERO provider for .DESI gTLD

19th October 2023

Guardian of .UK chosen by ICANN to support domain

Nominet, the guardian of the .UK domain since 1996 has been confirmed today by ICANN as the EBERO provider for the .DESI gTLD with immediate effect.

The EBERO – or Emergency Back-End Registry Operator programme is activated when a registry operator requires assistance to sustain critical registry functions. EBERO’s role is to protect registrants by ensuring critical registry functions are available.

.DESI follows .WED as the second gTLD under EBERO – both of which are now under management by Nominet. The UK registry is one of three ICANN approved EBERO providers globally that “meet stringent technical requirements and have demonstrated years of experience in operating domain name services, registration data directory services and extensible provisioning protocol services.”

Eleanor Bradley, Managing Director of Registry and Social Impact, Nominet said:
“While it is sad to see a Registry business facing challenges, we are pleased Nominet is trusted at moments like this to step in to ensure the impact on registrants and registrars is minimised. We’ll be working hard over the next few days to ensure that is the case.”