History of
GMO Internet Group

1990s

Connection to the internet

1991

May

Multi-media company, Voice Media is established, later to become GMO Internet.

1995

Nov

Voice Media changes its name to interQ, shifting focus to the provision of Internet and service infrastructure.

Dec

InterQ ORIGINAL launch. The world’s first Internet access service that doesn’t require a contract.

1999

Apr

InterQ (now GMO Internet) becomes the first ICANN-accredited domain name registrar in Asia.

Aug

InterQ (now GMO Internet) becomes the first independent Internet venture and the first Internet service provider to list on the stock exchange in Japan.

Sep

Onamae.com domain name registration services launched.

2000s

Connecting from everywhere

2000

Sep

Three hundred and sixty four days after incorporation, group company Magclick (now GMO AD Partners) becomes the fastest company to list on JASDAQ in the stock market’s history.

2001

Apr

Company name is changed to Global Media Online.

2004

Feb

Global Media Online is promoted to the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2005

Apr

GMO Payment Gateway is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market becoming the third listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Jun

Global Media Online is promoted to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and officially becomes GMO Internet.

Dec

GMO Hosting & Security is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market becoming the fourth listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Dec

GMO Internet Securities launches online securities trading service.

2006

Mar

GMO Internet added to the Nikkei 500 Stock Average.

2007

Dec

GMO Internet forms partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN.

2008

Sep

GMO Payment Gateway promoted from Mothers Market to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange becoming the second First-Section listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Dec

paperboy&co. (now GMO Pepabo) is listed on JASDAQ becoming the fifth listed company in GMO Internet Group.

2009

Sep

Domain name registration service, Onamae.com celebrates tenth anniversary.

2010s

Internet anytime, anywhere

2010

Feb

GMO Internet Group launches GMO Social Apps Initiative offering financing, development, technical, and skill sourcing support to engineers and creators of social applications and games.

Nov

GMO Internet launches daily-deals website Kumapon by GMO.

2011

Apr

GMO Internet Group unveils new corporate logo series.

2012

Feb

Onamae.com is ranked the world’s number one fastest growing registrar between November 2011 andDecember 2012.

Apr

Domain registration service launched in Vietnam through GMO RunSystem Corporation.

Sep

GMO CLICK Holdings acquires FX PRIME Corporation (JASDAQ 8711) becoming the sixth listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Oct

GMO Internet and Microsoft Japan launch world first cloud development environment for Windows® applications.

Dec

Social game cloud GMO AppsCloud surpasses 1,000 game title milestone.

2013

Jan

GMO AppsCloud receives top award in GameBusiness.jp App Cloud Awards 2013.

Mar

GMO Internet and GMO RUNSYSTEM establish Internet research and development facility, GMO Vietnam Lab Center, in Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

Jun

Smartphone soccer game, Smart Soccer by GMO launches on Android.

Jul

New VPS brand, ConoHa by GMO launches with IPv6, multiple IP address and local network support.

Sep

Remote desktop service, Onamae.com Desktop Cloud recognized in Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2013 with Hosting Competency prize.

Dec

GMO Internet Group recognized by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as "A Company Supportive of Raising Children" and awarded the "Kurumin" mark under the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children.

2014

Jan

GMO Internet, GMO Venture Partners and Bakumatsu co-found "GMO Venture Tsushin Startup Support Co. Ltd.".

Jan

"GMO Data Center Korea, Inc." established in Seoul, Korea to expand mobile game cloud business.

Feb

Japan's first Geographic top-level domain, ".nagoya" opens for registration.

Feb

New domain ".tokyo" opens for registration.

Apr

"GMO AppsCloud" cloud hosting rebooted on Open Stack.

Oct

"GMO ACE Company Limited." a joint venture established between ACE Data Systems Ltd. and GMO Internet, Inc.

Oct

GMO Research is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market becoming the seventh listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Oct

GMO Cloud listing moved to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange as the company becomes third First Section listed company in GMO Internet Group.

Dec

GMO TECH listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market becoming the eighth listed company in GMO Internet Group.

2015

Mar

GMO CLICK Holdings local British company launches first service under GMO Internet Group global brand Z.com.

Apr

GMO CLICK Holdings (7177) listed on JASDAQ securities market following stock swap with FX Prime by GMO.

Oct

“Z.com Domain”,“Z.com Cloud“launch.

2016

May

Z.com's logo redesigns.

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