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ICANN Registry Proposal

Registry Operator's Proposal - BUSINESS CAPABILITIES AND PLAN

D13.2.13. Capital requirements. Quantify capital requirements in amount and timing and describe how the capital will be obtained. Specify in detail all sources of capital and the cost of that capital (interest, etc.). Evidence of firm commitment of projected capital needs will substantially increase the credibility of the registry operator's proposal.

  Capital Requirements for the Registry Operator (in $000's)    
       
    2001 2002 2003 2004  
  Servers $800    
  Other 100    
  Capital Expenditures $900        
  Capital Obtained 900    
       
  Interest $0 $0 $0 $0  

Capital expenditures include servers and initial set up fees for the registry infrastructure. The servers will be owned by the registry operator. Capital expenditures are based on comparable registry operatorís capital expenditures. Capacity includes two redundant systems that operate concurrently with the primary system. If the primary system fails, the traffic loads automatically switch to the one of the redundant systems to minimize risk of service interruption. The number of servers and the infrastructure outlined in this proposal have the capacity to handle approximately 300,000 new domain names a day which is many times more than would be required in the high demand scenario. This capacity is inexpensive and assures that unexpected variation of demand can be met. Bandwidth infrastructure costs are not included since Webvision already has the infrastructure in place necessary to meet the needs of the Registry Operator.

Our planned capital expenditures will be funded through equity capital currently in Webvisionís bank accounts. Group One Registry currently has firm commitments for $12 million to fund the Sponsoring Organizationís capital expenditures and operating costs. Please see Section C12 of the Sponsoring Organizationís proposal for a discussion of the Sponsoring Organizationís capital costs and operating needs.

We anticipate that these capital expenditures will be incurred during the first quarter of 2001 based on the experience of other registries. Ongoing maintenance will be provided by technical support personnel as budgeted and discussed in Section D.13.2.11

 
 

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