Agreements To Accelerate E-Commerce For Businesses and Consumers Across The Internet
Toronto, (May 30, 2000) ‚Äì TUCOWS.com, Inc., a leading domain name registrar, has entered into an agreement with Authorize.Net, a leading online payment authorization service and part of the Go2Net Network (Nasdaq: GNET), and Entrust.net‚Ñ¢ to enable Tucows.com to offer complete e-merchant solutions for online businesses through its OpenSRS service. As part of the arrangement, Tucows.com will be able to offer services from all three companies that support businesses and consumers from the moment they first establish an Internet presence through the entire lifecycle of e-commerce activities.
Tucows.com will focus on delivering a complete e-merchant offering, allowing merchants looking to establish an electronic presence on the Internet the ability to obtain domain registration, Web server certificates, and payment gateway solutions from one integrated interface. This interface will be offered through reseller channels, enabling them to offer this integrated service to the merchants they power.
In addition to building a Web site, the three steps of obtaining domain registration, a payment gateway, and a Web server certificate are key to an e-merchant‚Äôs ability to sell goods and services and receive secure payments over the Web. Domain registration establishes the e-merchant‚Äôs address or Internet name, payment gateway solutions allow the e-merchant to securely accept and process credit cards as payment, and Web server certificates allow the merchant to setup the secure channel needed to make the consumer feel comfortable when they are providing sensitive information such as a credit card number to a merchant‚Äôs site.
‚ÄúWe believe this partnership puts OpenSRS at the forefront of the domain name registration marketplace,‚Äù says Ross Rader, Director of the TUCOWS Names Division. ‚ÄúOur companies‚Äô synergies will allow us to offer our customers high quality, comprehensive solutions to provide what their clients need to start and maintain an e-commerce business.‚Äù
‚ÄùThis alliance allows customers to benefit from a single integrated interface that allows them to quickly establish a presence on the Internet,‚Äù said Dennis Heathcote, vice-president, Entrust.net, Entrust Technologies Inc. ‚ÄúWe are pleased to develop a new relationship with Tucows.com to bring customers greater efficiencies in doing safe business over the Internet.‚Äù
‚ÄúAuthorize.Net is excited to extend its leading payment services to a global audience through this partnership with TUCOWS.com, said John Bodine, senior vice president of Go2Net‚Äôs Authorize.Net. ‚ÄúWe think the integrated service offering this partnership provides, along with the strength of our combined sales networks, will make this a compelling solution for online merchants worldwide.‚Äù
About TUCOWS.com Inc.
TUCOWS.com is one of the busiest sites on the Internet with over 900 network partners in more than 90 countries hosting TUCOWS’ software libraries. TUCOWS is one of the world‚Äôs leading software distribution networks providing users with fast, local downloads.
TUCOWS Names is a division of TUCOWS.com Inc. TUCOWS Names, an ICANN accredited registrar, is one of the industry’s most comprehensive providers of domain name registration and related services. OpenSRS (Open Shared Registration System) is one of the industry’s leading source of wholesale domain name registrations with over 3,000 Registration Service Providers to date.
About Authorize.Net Corporation
Founded in 1996 and acquired by Go2Net, Inc. in July 1999, Authorize.Net Corporation is the preferred payment-processing service for e-commerce, providing secure, reliable and easy-to-use payment solutions that make the Internet a new revenue opportunity for businesses of all sizes. These tools also provide a smarter, faster, more economical method of transaction processing for retail-based storefronts and the services industry. Authorize.Net has grown to include more than 70,000 clients, using a network of more than 800 ISOs and acquiring banks to resell its products and services. For more information on Authorize.Net, visit (http://www.authorize.net/).
About Entrust Technologies Inc.
Entrust.net is a subsidiary of Entrust Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTU, the global leader in solutions that bring trust to e-business relationships by securing business-to-business (B2B), business-to-customer (B2C) and internal enterprise transactions and communications. Entrust Technologies pioneered public-key infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificate solutions that provide security for business transactions and communications over the Internet. Through its innovation, vision and industry-leading security expertise, Entrust Technologies is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive growth of the e-business market. Entrust Technologies Inc. is headquartered in Plano, Texas with worldwide offices and distributors across North America, Asia and Europe. For additional company information please visit www.entrust.com.
Public Relations Manager, Go2Net’s Authorize.Net.