Sedo and Fasthosts Team up to Bridge Gap Between the Primary and Secondary UK Domain Markets

Sedo and Fasthosts Team up to Bridge Gap Between the Primary and Secondary UK Domain Markets

Cologne, Germany November 1st, 2006 -Fasthosts, the UK’s leading domain registrar, and Sedo, the leading online marketplace for the buying and selling of domain names, have announced an agreement to offer Fasthosts’ customers the opportunity to purchase previously registered domain names via Sedo’s secure and trusted secondary marketplace.

Heightened competition caused by the shrinking number of available domain names, has seen leading registrars like Fasthosts and UKreg, looking to offer new value-added services that grow customer loyalty.

"The Sedo community of domain owners represents a very dynamic global market for Fasthosts," said Stephen Holford, Director of Product Marketing, Fasthosts Ltd. "Fasthosts offers domain solutions for a variety of audiences from large and small domain name resellers to individual domain customers, but all of them can take advantage of Sedo's comprehensive secondary marketplace services."

About Fasthosts
Fasthosts is the UK's largest hosting company. Based in the UK, and operating 24x7 from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures over 6 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts services can be self-managed through the award winning Fasthosts web-based control panel, enabling customers to set up and manage new websites, email accounts, databases, and other hosted services online. Fasthosts was voted the number one web host by tophosts.com in September 2005; won the Web Host Directory 'eCommerce web hosting award' and was also announced as the best dedicated server package in August 2005 by Host Review.

About UKreg
UKreg is an online domain registration service. UKreg provides the UK's best value domain name registration prices, coupled with the best features and highest level of support. UKreg is for anybody who registers domain names. Whether you want just one domain, or whether you register hundreds of domains a month, UKreg is the system for you. Every domain purchased through UKreg comes with e-mail and web forwarding as standard, so you can make full use of your domain without any extra charges. Or, if you prefer, you can transfer your domain away to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for no additional cost.

The Sedo / Fasthosts Partnership
Both Fasthosts and UKreg customers will benefit from the Sedo partnership – the first of this scale in the UK – by increased choice, added value and the opportunity to let their domains work for them.

“Many users are often unaware of domain acquisition options outside the traditional primary market. From our experience in linking the primary and secondary markets in the US, we have found that users are pleasantly surprised by the wide range of options the rapidly growing secondary market opens up to them,” said Nora Cotter, Director of UK Operations for Sedo. “Fasthosts, in facilitating this pioneering link in the UK understands not only the value of the domain aftermarket, but the importance of providing the highest level of service and choice to customers. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Fasthosts and are looking forward to a healthy partnership.”

About Sedo
Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading online marketplace for buying and selling domain names and websites. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names listed for sale by their owners, with more than five million listings. Buyers and sellers are brought together through a searchable online marketplace, and conduct negotiations anonymously using an offer-counteroffer system, which is complemented by an in-house escrow service. Sedo’s domain name parking is the number one parking programme worldwide and offers domain owners the opportunity to create valuable revenue streams through the power of online advertising.

The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a global membership base of more than 350,000 domain professionals, and helped more than 5,000 businesses start their Web presence off on the right foot with a great new domain name. For additional information, please visit www.sedo.co.uk.



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