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Neustar, Inc.
Type Public (NYSENSR)
Founded Sterling, Virginia, U.S. (1998 (1998))
Headquarters Sterling, Virginia
Industry Telecommunications
Products .biz, .us
Revenue US$ 488,845,000 (2008)
Operating income US$ 69,106,000 (2008)
Net income US$ 4,294,000 (2008)
Total assets US$ 519,166,000 (2008)
Total equity US$ 386,653,000 (2008)
Employees 966 (December 31, 2008)

Neustar, Inc. (NYSENSR) offers directory and clearinghouse services to both large and small telecommunications service providers. They are also the current operator of the .us ccTLD and the .biz gTLD.[2]

Neustar was founded in 1996 as a division of Lockheed Martin to meet the technical and operational challenges of the communications industry when the U.S. government mandated local number portability (LNP) in 1996.[2] Today, NeuStar offers a range of clearinghouse and other services alongside its original LNP services.

Neustar was acquired from Lockheed Martin and incorporated in Delaware in 1998. The company is based in Sterling, Virginia.[2]


Business overview

Neustar operates the directories that manage virtually all telephone area codes and numbers, and enables the routing of calls among thousands of competing communication service providers in the United States and Canada. Neustar’s customers use the databases that Neustar maintains to obtain the data required to successfully route telephone calls in the United States and Canada, to exchange information with other communication service providers, and to manage technological changes in their own networks.

Neustar administers the U.S. Common Short Codes directory, which provides special numbers for SMS, and offers mobile messaging solutions to wireless carriers.

Neustar also provides DNS services and manages the .us and .biz top level Internet domains.[3] Neustar provides registry and DNS services for .tel by agreement with Telnic.[4]

Service offerings

Addressing Services[3]

Interoperability Services[5]

  • Wireline and Wireless Number Portability
  • IP Exchange Services
  • Order Management Services (OMS)

Infrastructure Services and Other Services[6]

  • Network Management
  • Fiduciary Compliance Services
  • Service Order Administration (SOA)


Neustar serves traditional providers of communications, including local exchange carriers (LECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), wireless service providers, and long distance carriers. The company also serves emerging communication service providers (CSPs) and VoIP providers.


Neustar provides many of its addressing, interoperability and infrastructure services pursuant to private commercial and government contracts. Specifically:

  • Neustar provides wireline and wireless number portability, implements the allocation of pooled blocks of telephone numbers and provides network management services pursuant to seven contracts with North American Portability Management LLC, an industry group that represents all TSPs in the United States. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has plenary authority over the administration of telephone number portability, it is not a party to Neustar’s contracts with North American Portability Management LLC. The North American Numbering Council, a federal advisory committee to which the FCC has delegated limited oversight responsibilities, reviews and oversees North American Portability Management LLC’s management of these contracts.
  • Neustar also provides wireline number portability and network management services in Canada pursuant to a contract with the Canadian LNP Consortium Inc., a private corporation composed of telecommunications service providers who participate in number portability in Canada.
  • Neustar serves as the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) Administrator and the National Pooling Administrator pursuant to two separate contracts with the FCC. Under these contracts, NeuStar administers the assignment and implementation of new area codes in North America, the allocation of central office codes (which are the three-digit prefixes following the area codes) to TSPs in the United States, and the assignment and allocation of pooled blocks of telephone numbers in the United States in a manner designed to conserve telephone number resources.
  • Neustar is the operator of the .biz Internet top-level domain by contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Similarly, pursuant to a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the company operates the .us Internet domain registry.
  • Neustar has an exclusive contract with CTIA — The Wireless Association to serve as the registry operator for the administration of U.S. Common Short Codes. U.S. Common Short Codes are short strings of numbers to which text messages can be addressed — a common addressing scheme that works across all participating wireless networks.
  • Neustar forged a strategic partnership with the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for mobile providers, to launch PathFinder – the industry’s first commercially available Carrier ENUM offering. PathFinder automatically translates a phone number into an IP-based address, enabling users to initiate a wide range of IP-based communications via their existing phone numbers and contact books in their handsets. The GSMA oversees PathFinder, while NeuStar manages the service on the GSMA’s behalf.


  1. ^ NeuStar, Inc. (March 2, 2009), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K, FY2008,, retrieved January 1, 2010  
  2. ^ a b c NeuStar, Inc. (March 25, 2009), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( Form S-1,, retrieved January 1, 2010  
  3. ^ a b NeuStar, Inc.. "Services: Addressing". Retrieved January 1, 2010.  
  4. ^ NeuStar, Inc.. ".Tel Top-Level Domain". Retrieved January 1, 2010.  
  5. ^ NeuStar, Inc.. "Services: Interoperability". Retrieved January 1, 2010.  
  6. ^ NeuStar, Inc.. "Services: Infrastructure". Retrieved January 1, 2010.  

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