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Domain Pulse Conference on 18 and 19 February in Davos

SWITCH is extending an invitation to the specialist “Domain pulse” conference – the most important event dedicated to domain names in the German-speaking world – which is being held in Davos on 18 and 19 February.In the spotlight: new generic Top Level Domains (new gTLD)
Do the new endings like .swiss, .app or .shop mean that we are heading for a revolution in the web? In what way will the Internet change? At the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) in December 2012, a large number of Western countries refused to sign the agreement as a protest. Find out what happens next from the viewpoint of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Nigel Hickson, Vice President Europe of ICANN, will be speaking at the conference. The focus of the specialist papers presented will also be on Switzerland as one of the most secure Internet locations in the world. Domain pulse – a joint event staged by the registries for Austria (nic.at), Germany (DENIC) and Switzerland (SWITCH) – offers the best opportunity for catching up on social, political and economic topics from the world of domain names.Date: 18 and 19 February 2013
Where: Congress Centre Davos, Talstrasse 49a, 7270 Davos PlatzBackground: new generic Top Level Domains (new gTLD)
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which is responsible for the international coordination of the Internet addressing system, took the decision in June 2011 to introduce new generic top-level Internet domains (new gTLD). From January 2012 to May 2012, it was possible to submit applications for any other generic domain names. ICANN regards the new gTLD as a further development of the domain name market, serving to make content and brands more visible in the Internet. The introduction of the new gTLD is planned for the end of 2013.See the Domain pulse website for full programme and further details at www.domainpulse.chThis SWITCH news release was sourced from:

.ME Fastest Growing European ccTLD Shows Centr Report

The Montenegrin ccTLD .ME is the fastest growing of all European ccTLDs while there are there are roughly 59 million domain names registered in Europe the latest Centr DomainWire Stat Report shows.The report for the first half of 2012 contains a wealth of statistics including that 40 per cent of all domain names registered in Europe are for private purposes while 60 per cent are for business.There is also the average length of a domain name – 11.2 characters.The ccTLD with the highest number of domain names per person in Europe is.LI (Lichtenstein) with 192 domains per 100 people living in the country followed by .ME with 86 domains per 100 people. Third is .NL (Netherlands), which is the first of the larger ccTLDs with 28 domains per 100 people. Rounding out the top ten are .CH (Switzerland – 28), .DK (Denmark – 21), .DE (Germany – 18), .UK (United Kingdom – 16) and then .AT (Austria), .LU (Luxembourg) and .SE (Sweden), each with 13 domains registered per 100 inhabitants.The report also lists the top 20 ccTLDs globally using figures as of the end of April. The top ten are .DE first with over 15 million registrations, followed by .UK (10.09m), .NL (4.92), .RU (Russian Federation – 3.79), .EU (European Union – 3.60), .CN (China – 3.35), .BR (Brazil – 2.89), .AR (Argentina – 2.49), .AU (Australia – 2.40) and .IT (Italy – 2.39).To download the Centr report and check out many more statistics including on domain name renewal rates and world internet usage, go to https://www.centr.org/DomainWire_Stat_Report_2012_1.

.AT Joins DNSSEC Club, But Registrars And Registrants Show Little Enthusiasm

Austria (.AT) has joined a club that has members from .AM (Armenia) to .UK (United Kingdom) and beyond, but whose biggest member could be .CZ (Czech Republic), according to the latest .at report.DNSSEC is a security extension for the Domain Name System (DNS). By using digital signatures it assures the authenticity and integrity of DNS replies. In other words: DNSSEC guarantees the users that they will actually access the right domain without being redirected unnoticed.Overall there are 313 top level domains around the world, including country codes and generics, but less than one third have a DNSSEC signature. Of those DNSSEC signed 61 are ccTLDs (including .EU), 11 gTLDs and 13 are internationalised domain names including two for Taiwan while the remaining IDNs are for ICANN for test purposes.Of the statistics given in the .at report for selected TLDs, the largest is .CZ with 330,000 domains signed with DNSSEC, followed by 166,975 in .DE (Germany) and 147,729 .SE (Sweden).Now that DNSSEC has been signed in .AT it is important that registrars get on board. But registrars are not very interested. The two eco Registrar Atlas reports in 2011 and 2012 found registrars are very ambivalent.In 2011, 40 per cent of those .AT registrars responding to the questionnaire said they would introduce DNSSEC within the next 12 months, which equals 70 DNSSEC-active registrars in the first half of 2012.However, reality shows that not even ten per cent (9% – only 14 registrars) of those questioned have actually got onboard and are currently actively using DNSSEC. The eco Registrar Atlas shows a similar outcome for other participating countries. For example, 45 per cent of .DE registrars stated in 2011 that they would implement DNSSEC in 2012 but one year later the number had only increased from 17 to 19 per cent. It is possible, but unlikely, the respondents were different and this could account for the variations.In .AT, the survey found that while the number of registrars offering DNSSEC has roughly doubled, from (4.6 to 9%) from 2011 to 2012, while a large proportion of the 40.8% of those planning to implement DNSSEC in the next 12 months has clearly not done so. The number of registrars planning to implement DNSSEC in the next 12 months was now only 27 per cent. And while the number saying that had not planned to introduce DNSSEC had dropped from 54.6 per cent to 44 per cent, those not saying had jumped from zero to one in five (20%).But the future is somewhat bright. More than half of those .AT registrars questioned (51%) are convinced that DNSSEC will prevail as a security standard.However, almost 70 per cent of those questioned believe that DNSSEC will be (rather) insignificant for them. Not even one quarter (23%) regard DNSSEC as very or rather important.From a registrants point of view, it seems there is a similar attitude. Only 15 per cent of the registrars state that they have received customer requests for DNSSEC while four in five (80%) have not even received one request.Part of the reason for the lack of enthusiasm for DNSSEC could have been explained by Thomas Rickert at the Domain Pulse conference in February. Commenting on the then preliminary results of the survey, he said part of the failure could be the industry, particularly registrars and registries, have not created a demand for DNSSEC. And while many internet users are concerned about the security of their data online, they are unaware of DNSSEC and its role.The most recent .at report, and all previous editions, by nic.at is available at www.nic.at/en/uebernic/current_issues/at_report.

nic.at Launches DNSSEC For .AT-domains

nic.at logo[news release] Leap day on the Internet: 29 February 2012 is also a special day for the .at-zone. At 11.35 a.m., the local domain registry nic.at activated the security extension DNSSEC for .at-domains.

DNSSEC guarantees the authenticity and integrity of DNS transactions on the Internet and makes sure that domain queries are actually responded by the proper server without being manipulated during the process. It protects the user from being redirected in the DNS system – without noticing it. So-called Cashe Poisoning, which is the forging of DNS data and redirection to manipulated websites, is prevented this way. In other words: a DNSSEC signature guarantees the users that they will actually access the right website when they type a domain name into their browser. While nic.at provides the signature for the entire .at-zone, it is the task of the ISP or registrar to provide the signature on the domain-level. Only this guarantees a seamless encryption.

More information on DNSSEC can be found at: www.nic.at/en/service/technical_information/dnssec/ as well as in the DNSSEC specific FAQ www.nic.at/en/faq/dnssec/. The nic.at DNSSEC policy is described in the following  document PDF Link.

This nic.at news release was sourced from here.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .AT domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Australia’s .AU Contributes $475m Per Year And 4300 Jobs To Economy

Australia’s .AU country code Top Level Domain is responsible for more than 4300 full time jobs and contributed $475 million to the Australian economy a report by Deloitte Access Economics has found.

The report, Economic and Statistical Analysis of the .au Domain Range [available as a PDF here and here], was commissioned by the .AU registry, AusRegistry, and the .AU regulator, auDA, and is the first to examine the economic value and impact of the .AU ccTLD on Australian Internet users, businesses and registrants.

The report revealed exponential growth in the number of registered .AU domain names over the last decade, which reached a total of 2.3 million in 2011. This represents a 600 per cent increase since 2002, with 60,000 new .AU domains being registered every month.

Activity directly associated with registration and hosting of .AU domains accounted for 57 per cent, or $269 million, of the total contribution to Australia’s economy. Services such as web design and infrastructure provision accounted for the balance.

Additionally, the report found that 58 per cent of the total economic contribution of $475 million for .AU domain name registration and operation accrued to employees, indicating an overall relatively labour-intensive industry.

The report echoes a similar report for the Austrian registry, nic.at, in 2011 that found the .AT domain names contributed €13.5 million (around A$16.6m today) to the Austrian economy in 2009, with the contribution growing each year. The study found that for every €1 spent on .AT domain names €3.10 was added to the Austrian economy. When additional services were factored in this figure grew to €14.89.

Benefits of .AU were also spread around the country even if registrants of .AU domain names are focused around the major population centres at a greater than proportional rate with 80 per cent of .AU registrations registered in major cities, compared to only 68 per cent of the total population residing in these major cities.

But the benefits are not confined to major centres. When the number of .AU registrations are compared against the number of businesses by region, the density of domain names is highest for businesses in very remote Australia, with 0.67 registrations per business. The report suggests this may be indicative of the fact that these businesses are more reliant on communications technology in their operations.

The report notes this is a somewhat surprising result with typical rates of connection to the internet are lower in very remote Australia, which reflects the overall lower access to quality internet services in these regions.

The report also identifies a number of changes that may influence future growth in registrations. These include the introduction of new TLDs as well as internationalised domain names, the increasing importance of search engines for internet users seeking information and the role of social media and group buying websites in influencing consumer purchase decisions.

When looking at businesses with a web presence, which includes all domain names – not just businesses with .AU registrations, the report found the arts and recreation services was the sector with the highest proportion of businesses with a web presence, and hence domain name, with around two-thirds of businesses. Other sectors with more than half of businesses online were professional, scientific and technical services, financial and insurance services, rental, hiring and real estate services, wholesale trade and manufacturing. Overall, 40 per cent of Australian businesses reported having a web presence in 2009-10.

At the other end of the scale web presence remains very low among agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses at just 11 per cent, and in the transport, postal and warehousing sector, at 22 per cent.

Ric Simes, Deloitte Access Economics Director, said the report confirmed the value to the Australian economy of the .au domain and the importance of a web presence for businesses.

“The Internet has clearly become the starting point for consumer research and purchasing decisions,” he said. “The contribution to the Australian economy of the industry administering .au is significant, particularly in terms of employment, and this will continue to grow with the ongoing shift to e-commerce.”

Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, attributed the health of .AU to its policy environment and the trust this engenders in Australian users.

“.AU is a vibrant marketplace, with over 30 registrars competing on price and services. But beyond this, the safeguards we have in place to protect both Australian businesses and end users, make .AU a signpost of trust and security online,” Mr Disspain said.

Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry, said Australian business owners continue to place significant value in .AU names.

“We are continually developing the .au namespace to increase its profile, promote its benefits and drive greater registration volumes. These actions have created a strong appetite within the Australian business community, resulting in .AU evolving into the domain name of choice for Australian business. The findings of this report highlight the importance of .AU to the Australian economy and celebrate the combined efforts of auDA and AusRegistry,” Mr Kinderis said.

To register your .AU domain name, check out Asia Registry here.

Registrars Are A Registry’s Best Friend, Finds Austria’s Registry

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but the latest .AT Report shows how registrars are a registry’s best friend. And nic.at has 430 official registrars that look after over 95 per cent of the .AT domain names with the remaining 4.6 per cent having their domains managed by the registry directly.Two-thirds (67% or 290) of the 430 registrars that can register a .AT domain name are located in Austria, 22 per cent in Germany although Germans register 37 per cent of .AT domains and 11 per cent in the rest of the world. Interestingly, when looking at domain names registered through registrars, 15 per cent of Austrians use a German registrar. Conversely, German clients account for just 2 per cent of Austrian registrars’ .AT customers.The top ten registrars show an even breakdown between Austrian- and German-based with five based in each country and accounting for two-thirds (65%) of all .AT registrations. However among the top ten, Austrian registrars accounted for 245,571 .AT registrations while German registrars accounted for 195,732 registrations. Overall there were 1,061,729 active .AT domains as of the end of June 1,068,007 active domains as of 24 August.Registrants also have a strong link with their registrars, keeping them busy, with .AT registrants interacting with their registrar around 2,000 times each day. Of these interactions in the first six months of 2011, 187,077 were for data changes, 62,047 were for transfers between registrars and 105,813 were for new registrations.When asked how important .AT domains were for them, a total of close to two-thirds (64%) of all registrars indicated that the .AT TLD had a high or very high priority for them. When asked “How many registries are you accredited with?” the reasons become clear. Almost 80 per cent offer a maximum of ten TLDs, and just ten per cent have secured accreditation with more than 25 registries. For the majority of respondents .AT was one of the main extensions used in their domain registration business.The move into the new world of potentially unlimited generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) moved a step closer in June when ICANN approved its applicant guidebook, with applications being accepted in a three month window from 12 January 2012.Registrars were optimistic about the introduction of new gTLDs in a survey by ECO, the German internet association, and nic.at, with Austrian registrars showing greater optimism than German ones.Overall 42 per cent of registrars saw new gTLDs having a good to very good chance of taking off while just over a third (34% for Austrian registrars, 36% for German registrars) being optimistic about the likely success of geographic gTLDs. There was even greater support for generic gTLDs being successful with 42 per cent of registrars in both countries believing they would succeed. Brand name gTLDs were viewed as being the least successful with around one in five (22% and 18%) thinking they would succeed, however the lack of optimism here might be because registrars would play a very limited, if any, role in their introduction.The latest .at report is available in German and English.

Austrian Registry Grows Wings Over German New gTLDs

nic.at logoThe Austrian registry nic.at appears to have been drinking plenty of Red Bull and grown wings to cover the German-language new gTLD market. It seems every announcement of a proposed new gTLD in the German-speaking countries is using registry services from nic.at.

Last week nic.at announced they have signed up .VERSICHERUNG (insurance) and .REISE (travel), two of the most lucrative search keywords in German and likely to be quite successful gTLDs.

“We are delighted that nic.at’s wave of successes keeps on rolling with the contract awards for .versicherung and .reise,” said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at. “This is yet another demonstration that our expertise is valued and well-known among prospective applicants.”

The announcement follows hot on the heels of announcements in recent weeks that nic.at has signed up to provide registry services for .BERLIN and .HAMBURG using their Registry In A Box service that provides a scalable solution for registry services. And prior to this, in early May nic.at signed an agreement to provide registry services for the Bahraini ccTLD .BH.

ICANN approved its Applicant Guidebook and set an application window for three months commencing 12 January only two weeks ago at the commencement of their Singapore meeting. Following the board approval the corridors were full of wheeling and dealing with potential gTLD applicants and registries seeking to form partnerships in the days after the Applicant Guidebook approval.

“In our industry trust, expertise and professionalism are particularly important – and all three are criteria and attributes that nic.at matches,” said Alexander Schwiersch, CEO of dotversicherung und dotreise GmbH commenting on why they chose nic.at to provide registry services.

Nic.at Adds .HAMBURG To Stable

nic.at logoWith the possibility of ICANN approving new gTLDs as soon as Monday next week at its Singapore meeting, competition is heating up to provide back-end services for potential applicants.

One registry that is getting into the game is nic.at who announced this week that Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH has selected the Austrian registry as technical partner for their gTLD, citing nic.at’s technical expertise and its long-standing experience and proven track record as the official registry for .AT as reasons for its selection.

“For us it was important to know that we would be working with an experienced and highly professional registry when it came to applying for and implementing the .HAMBURG top level domain. nic.at matches this requirement to the letter,” said Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH CEO Oliver Süme.

Nic.at was obviously delighted with the choice of Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH.

“We are delighted to have secured a city domain in the form of the dotHamburg initiative. nic.at will be there to help the people of Hamburg every step of the way as they create their own unique online identity, said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at.

The deal will also help the dotHamburg initiative sell their idea to investors with a stable registry behind them.

“The presence of nic.at ensures that the very best registry technology is at our disposal – providing long term stability and safeguarding the future of the .hamburg top level domain,” said Süme.

The announcement comes after the Kingdom of Bahrain selected nic.at to be the registry operator for its ccTLD .BH in early May. In anticipation of new gTLDs, and also to sell its expertise among existing TLDs, nic.at developed their Registry In A Box software to give TLD operators the opportunity to choose the level of registry services they require and to suit their budget.

“We offer a combination of international experience gathered from consultancy projects in a range of different countries, and our modular registry-in-a-box software and service package offers the right custom technical solution for every individual top level domain,” said Wein.

Austrian Registry Wins Bid To Operate .BH

nic.at logoThe Austrian registry, along with SBR Juconomy Consulting AG, has won the right to operate Bahrain’s Top Level Domain .BH in a competitive bidding process with registries from around the world, providing technical services provider for a state-of-the-art domain management system.

“The decision by the Bahraini telecoms regulator reflects the demand for nic.at’s expertise on the international stage and proves that we are seen as a serious player in the market,” says nic.at joint CEO Robert Schischka. “The collaboration with SBR Juconomy Consulting brings a partner on board with extensive experience of Arab markets.”

The selection of nic.at to operate the .BH ccTLD was extremely pleasing for Richard Wein, also joint CEO.

“The selection by the Bahrain telecoms regulator of nic.at is a wonderful achievement and marks an important milestone for us,” said Wein. “The key to our success was our ‘Registry In A Box’ that provides a high quality backend registry services at a reasonable cost along with a proven history of having operated a stable registry without any security concerns over the past 12 years.”

The confidence was shared by the Bahrain’s TRA ICT Director Ahmed Aldoseri.

“We are delighted to appoint nic.at and SBR Juconomy to deliver a robust domain registry solution following an extensive tendering process,” said Aldoseri. “We have full confidence in nic.at and SBR as our strategic and technical partners for the .BH domain space, and believe such partners can achieve the objectives set by TRA Bahrain.”

One of the changes that will come into effect when nic.at takes over management in autumn 2011 will be the liberalisation of registration policies that will be announced in the near future. It is envisaged that active registration numbers will grow from the current 4000 to 100,000 in three years.

The winning bid to operate the .BH ccTLD from nic.at subsidiary IPCom in a joint tender submitted with SBR Juconomy Consulting AG, a consultancy expert with an outstanding track record in the Middle East. SBR is responsible for project management and marketing, while the technical implementation comes under nic.at’s remit.

nic.at also has a wealth of international experience that was extremely beneficial in the tender process.

“Our specialists have contributed to all the major technology committees and are constantly being approached by other countries for consultancy work,” said Schischka.

The Bahrain project is the latest in a string of international ventures, and similar projects have been implemented in Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .AT domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

.AT Domains Contribute €13.5m To Austrian Economy Per Year, And Growing

.AT domain names contributed €13.5 million to the Austrian economy in 2009, with the contribution growing each year, a study conducted on behalf of the Austrian registry has found.The independent study conducted by Prof. Gottfried Haber from the University of Klagenfurt, reported in the latest .at report, found that the figure was made up of €4.3m from the registry’s administrative activities, while the figure rises to €7.4m once real income effects are factored in. Registrars for .AT domain names contributed a further €6.1m to the Austrian economy.The study found that for every €1 spent on .AT domain names added €3.10 to the Austrian economy. When additional services were factored in this figure grew to €14.89. This calculation is made on the basis of a direct economic impact of €7.72 per .AT domain, additional services and investments totalling €2.58 and a real income effect of €4.59.The value domain names added to the Austrian economy has grown significantly over the decade to 2009. In 2000 .AT domain names contributed €2.5m to the economy while in 2009 this figure had grown more than five-fold to €13.5m.With this value to the economy, it is perhaps not surprising that the higher the density of domain names in the country, the higher is what the study refers to as Gross Regional Product. The study found an increase in the domain density of just one additional domain per inhabitant equates to an average gain in per capita GRP of €268 while a €1000 increase in GRP is the equivalent of an additional two domains per 1000 inhabitants.The study also found the registration of domain names creates hundreds of jobs such as through the registry and registrars. And this number is set to increase with the growing importance of domain names and the introduction of new gTLDs, once ICANN overcomes concerns of governments and intellectual property interests and begins accepting applications.While no numbers of those employed were given, the study found that compared with other industries, .AT domains are a powerful employment and value added multiplier. New jobs are being created all the time as the .AT domain market continues to grow, and new top level domains are introduced – a major plus for the Austrian labour market.The value added multiplier given for .AT domains in the study was 3.8, greater than any other industry, the closest of which was banking with a multiplier of 3.2 and energy with 2.9.