[UPDATED] The Austrian ccTLD passed the one million active registrations milestone on 10 January.
“We are excited about the one millionth .AT domain – it is the best proof for the success and constant growth of the .at-zone,” said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at.
The domain name that pushed .AT to the magical seven-figure mark was welpenparadies.at, registered by Georg Bauchinger who comes from Neuhofen im Innkreis, where he runs a golden retriever dog breeding business.
With more than two-thirds of .AT registrants living in Austria, .AT has a special place in the hearts of Austrians.
“The .AT domain is still the virtual home of the Austrians, as almost 70 per cent of the domain holders live here. It remains the most popular calling card on the web – for both companies and private persons.”
Of the registered domains, 96.28 per cent of domains (currently 962,987) are registered at the second level, while there are 30,093 (3.01%) .CO.AT domains and 7,146 (0.71%) OR.AT domains, making a total of 1,000,226 active domains at the close of business on 10 January.
Registrations for .AT commenced in 1988 when the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .AT was delegated to the University of Vienna. Over the next ten years, the university also served as the .AT registry.
Initially there were restrictive registration policies that were liberalised in 1997 leading to a sharp rise in registration numbers. One year later, nic.at took over the registration and administration of .AT domains.
Registration growth has been around 90,000 per year for the last three years after the introduction of free internationalised .AT domains in October and November 2006 that saw registrations grow by an incredible 234,686. In 2007 once this free issue of domains ended many of the domains were deleted leading to growth of only 13,161, but since then growth has stabilised.
Growth continues strongly too. “More than 7,000 domains have already been registered in the first week of January,” said Wein. Looking forward to the future he says “We are eager to follow the development and look forward to the next .AT million!”
To register your .AT domain name, check out Europe Registry here.
This article was updated to reflect additional information provided on the passing of the one millionth registration mark.