EURid, best known for .eu, has increased total registrations for its three top-level domains by a total of 15,000 in the year to the end of September, according to the registry’s latest Quarterly Report.
In the third Quarterly Report for 2022 [pdf], EURid reports .eu, .ею and .ευ registrations totalled 3,721,099 as of 30 September, compared to 3,705,728 as of 30 September 2021, an increase of 15,371. While registrations increased over the 12-month period, it was a decrease from the previous quarter of 1,078.
In other highlights from the Q3 2022 report, 131,649 new registrations were recorded in the quarter with the greatest increases in registrations occurring in Portugal (7.3%), Norway (4.5%) and Slovenia (1.4%). The average renewal rate for the quarter was 85% and there were 131,64 new .eu registrations. For internationalised domain names, these totalled 41,794 at the end of the quarter with 1,135 being new.
The top countries for registrants were Germany (1,002,657 registrations), Netherlands (462,937), France (307,249), Italy (276,439) and Poland (228,256). There was also a total of 25,604 registrations based on citizenship as registrants no longer need to be located in the European Union or wider European Economic Area. Citizens of a EU or EEA country can these days register .eu or its variants no matter where they are located in the world.
During the quarter, EURid also announced changes to their terms and conditions, accredited registrar agreement and alternative dispute resolution. The updated documents came about following the new five-year registry agreement (with the option of an additional five years) agreed with the European Commission in June. They take effect on 13 October 2022.
In August EURid announced the results of a survey of 200,000 .eu domain names. The survey found over 81% of the domain names had active web services with at least 68,152 resolving to a content-rich website. The 2022 survey found a clear increase in the ’Tourism and Accommodation’ category, up 1.5%, compared to 2021. ‘Commerce’ and ‘IT’ remained the top categories for registrants, responsible for 18.4% and 11% of registrations respectively.