Minds + Machines GmbH Wins .NRW Contract

March 13, 2012

The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (AIM:TLDH.L), the only publicly-traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new generic top-level domains (“TLDs”), are delighted to report that Minds + Machines GmbH, its majority-owned registry services business, has been appointed by the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) to manage the .NRW top-level domain application and ongoing management of the .NRW domain.

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s most populous region, with almost 18 million inhabitants and in 2010 generated 21.7% of Germany’s gross domestic product, making it the single largest economic region in Germany. The cities of Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen all lie within North Rhine-Westphalia.

The technical back-end for the .NRW domain has been sub-contracted by Minds + Machines GmbH to Knipp Medien und Kommunikation GmbH, an experienced domain services company based in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of TLDH, commented:

We are delighted to have secured this appointment and to be working with Knipp Medien und Kommunikation GmbH and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the future running of the domain. We believe new generic top level domains can provide an important mechanism for strengthening the cultural identity of a region online.

Top Level Domain Holdings has now announced geographic and generic gTLD appointments in Germany, India, Africa (.zulu), and New Zealand (.kiwi).


For further information, please contact:

Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
North America
Antony Van Couvering
Tel: +1 917 406 7126

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nomad)
Roland Cornish
Michael Cornish
Tel +44 (0) 20 7628 3396

XCAP Securities plc (Joint Broker)
Karen Kelly
Halimah Hussain
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3216 2661/2667

Daniel Stewart & Company plc (Joint Broker)
Martin Lampshire
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550

gth media relations
Toby Hall/Suzanne Johnson Walsh
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3103 3903/2

About Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
Top Level Domain Holdings is a publicly-traded holding company listed on the London AIM market. The company is focused on the new top-level domain space. Top-level domains, such as .com, run by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and .biz, run by NeuStar (NYSE: NSR), are regulated by ICANN. ICANN has announced plans to expand the number of top-level domains. TLDH intends to make targeted investments in this space, focusing on both infrastructure technologies and specific top-level domains.

About Minds + Machines
Minds + Machines is a registry services provider that works internationally with commercial organisations, cities, not-for-profits, and entrepreneurs to secure and operate new web domains, known as top-level domains (TLDs). Minds and Machines Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Top Level Domains Holdings Limited.