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Win with your .EU domain name this Christmas

EU EURid logoRegister a .eu domain name between 25 November and 25 December 2010 and stand the chance to win one of 100 iPod Touches.

To enter the competition, go to www.winwith.eu, enter your recently registered .eu domain name, contact details and the competition code XMAS2010.

The Win With .eu Christmas competition runs from 25 November to 25 December 2010. During this time EURid will regularly select competition winners, on 2, 10, 18 and 26 December. During each selection 25 winners will be announced. Each winner will receive one 8GB iPod Touch personalised with the .eu logo.

Eligible participants are those who register a .eu domain name in the 8 days prior to each selection.

Any iPods left over from the Win With .eu Christmas competition (because their winners could not be contacted) will be given away during a final selection on 26 January 2011.

This EURid news release was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/content/win-your-eu-domain-name-christmas
Europe Registry logoTo register your .EU domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

.EU Q3 2010 report marks growth milestones

EU EURid logo[news release] EURid, the registry for the .eu top-level domain (TLD), issued today its quarterly progress report for Q3 2010, presenting important .eu registration milestones during the quarter.During Q3 2010, Germany passed the one million .eu domain names mark and Belgium registered its one hundred thousandth .eu domain name. Significant progress was made in the Baltic countries with registrations increasing in Estonia by 47.0% and Lithuania by 43.9% compared to Q3 2009.

.eu maintained its position in the top-ten of the world’s largest TLDs with 3 246 347 registered .eu domain names reported at the end of Q3 2010, representing a 8.5% year-over-year increase in registrations when compared to Q3 2009.

At the end of Q3 2010, Germany saw a 8.9% year-over-year growth in .eu registrations and with its 1 004 535 .eu domain names, kept its first position in the top-ten list of countries. The countries in the top ten account for 86.2% of all .eu registrations. Notably in Q3 2010, the Czech Republic saw year-over-year growth of 36.9%, Poland 20.3%, Spain 13.7% and the UK 2.3%.

During Q3 2010, Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) accounted for 2.07% of the .eu domain name portfolio, in line with other registries. EU residents can register a .eu domain name that uses characters from the whole Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets; for example, the Bulgarian л, the German ü, the Greek θ, the Polish ł and the Spanish ñ.

Other quarterly report highlights include:

  • .eu Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) chain of trust completed
  • EURid and Netnod signed anycasting agreement
  • Marketing initiative promoting .eu to ERASMUS students launched
  • .eu testimonial videos added to EURid YouTube channel.

EURid’s full report for Q3 2010 is available for download.

This EURid news release was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/content/eu-q3-2010-progress-report-available-0

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

Two-thirds .EU registrants choose registrar in their own country

EU EURid logoEURid has taken a closer look at the distribution of .EU registrations among its registrars and has found that 65 per cent of domain name registrants chose a registrar from their own country, 18 per cent chose a registrar from a different country in the European Union, and 17 per cent chose a registrar located outside the EU according to a news release released this week.

Registrants in Germany, Poland and Lithuania were the ones most likely to use a national registrar.

In the European Union, registrars in Cyprus, Denmark and Luxembourg were the ones with the largest share of their business originating from outside the country. Reciprocal cross-border registrant-registrar pairings (meaning that many registrants from “country x” chose a registrar in “country y” and vice-versa) were noted in the cases of Belgium/France, Germany/Austria, Germany/Denmark, The Netherlands/Belgium, Germany/United Kingdom, Germany/France and Denmark/Sweden.

As for registrars based outside of the European Union, Indian registrars held 60% of the Bulgarian .EU registration market, while registrars in the US held 34% of the Portuguese market.

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

65% of .eu registrants chose a registrar based in their own country

EU EURid logo[news release] EURid has taken a closer look at the distribution of .eu registrations among its registrars and has found that 65 % of domain name registrants chose a registrar from their own country, 18 % chose a registrar from a different country in the European Union, and 17% chose a registrar located outside the EU.

Registrants in Germany, Poland and Lithuania were the ones most likely to use a national registrar.

In the European Union, registrars in Cyprus, Denmark and Luxembourg were the ones with the largest share of their business originating from outside the country. Reciprocal cross-border registrant-registrar pairings (meaning that many registrants from “country x” chose a registrar in “country y” and vice-versa) were noted in the cases of Belgium/France, Germany/Austria, Germany/Denmark, The Netherlands/Belgium, Germany/United Kingdom, Germany/France and Denmark/Sweden.

As for registrars based outside of the European Union, Indian registrars held 60% of the Bulgarian .eu registration market, while registrars in the US held 34% of the Portuguese market.

This EURid news release was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/content/65-eu-registrants-chose-registrar-based-their-own-country

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

CN Domain Registrations Slip Even Further

CNNIC logoThe number of .CN domain name registrations have slipped by over one million in the two months to 30 June according to statistics published on the China Internet Network Information Center’s (CNNIC) website this week.

The latest figure is 7,246,686 compared to 8,254,681 at the end of April. CNNIC, unlike many registries, often posts registration figures several months late. Others such as DENIC (.DE) and Nominet (.UK) have real time statistics.

The dramatic reductions are the result of the end of promotions that lasted for much of 2008 and 2009 where domain names could be registered for a few cents and the introduction of restrictions on registrants.

The latest figures mean .CN is still is the third highest ranked ccTLD behind .DE with 13,765,490 registrations as of 7 August and 8,654,260 for .UK (United Kingdom). .NL (Netherlands) is fourth with 3,981,555 registrations while .EU (European Union) is fifth with 3,227,644 registrations.

Europe Registry logoTo register your domain name for any of the above ccTLDs, or any other, check out Europe Registry here.

Europe Secures Its Online Identity With .EU

Benefits of having a .EU domain name were the focus of a dinner held in Brussels last week with five European companies explaining how the .eu domain has helped them develop their image and create new business opportunities in front of an audience that included Neelie Kroes, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda.In her speech, Ms Kroes commented on the importance of .EU in forging a European online presence, particularly for small businesses. “With more than 3.2 million registrations to date, .EU shows there is a real appetite for a European identity on the web. And that we need to continue developing it – even more so, perhaps, at a time of economic recovery – as a success story of our European project”.European businesses that demonstrated the benefits of a .EU domain were Blacknight (Ireland), Dinamo Riga (Latvia), DMC Group (Germany), Kenlube (Slovakia) and Zazou (Netherlands). The companies explained to MEPs and guests, through a series of videos, why having a .EU domain name makes marketing and financial sense.The importance of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Europe’s prosperity and their importance in helping the EU achieve its goals of speeding up economic recovery and increasing competitiveness was discussed at the meeting. In order to position themselves in the market and thrive, European SMEs must have an efficient web strategy, which means choosing a domain name that can be leveraged to promote their goods and services.EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, manages the .eu Internet domain under contract with the European Commission. EURid General Manager Marc van Wesemael stated: “The open borders within the European Union and the growth in online commerce have created enormous opportunities, particularly for SMEs. We are proud to manage .EU which has become a trusted and valued top-level domain name for small firms.”Dinner host, Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chairman of the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament, added: “The European Parliament is happy to support the European online identity .EU and has been greatly involved in the project from the very beginning. European businesses and especially SMEs recognise the value of using an established, well-managed and secure top-level domain. Sharing such best practices can only help the Internet grow in terms of both safety and quality for future generations.”In her keynote speech, Kroes also mentioned how it is important for .EU to reflect Europe, and that the recent addition of internationalised .EU domain names was part of this.”For European individuals too, ‘.EU’ provides an opportunity to express their European identity,” said Ms Kroes.”I am proud that EURid has already incorporated Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) under the ‘.EU’ level. It is indeed crucial that Europeans be able to create and access websites named in their own alphabet – i.e. not only in Latin script. This is obviously of most interest to users of Greek and Cyrillic script, but it also includes for example the use in German of the Umlaut. You would be surprised to see how much people – here and indeed on every continent – feel alienated by not being able to use all features of their language and culture on the internet. It is therefore highly symbolic that we make this sign of openness available also at the ‘.EU’ level itself. And I will raise this point with ICANN when I meet them later this month.”So ‘.EU’ must reflect our identity, including our cultural and linguistic diversity. Yet to be attractive, it must equally be a safe and secure domain name.”To read Ms Kroes’ speech in full, see europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/10/283.To register your .EU domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

European Court Sets Criteria for Domain Registration

The European Court of Justice established broad new criteria for rejecting abusive .EU domain name registrations, according to a report in the Courthouse News Service.

The case centred around the Austrian company Internetportal und Marketing GmbH that, according to the report, “abused the system for registering .EU domain names by exploiting a clause on special characters.”

The company registered “33 generic trademarks in Sweden, all with the ‘&’ symbol between each letter” to take advantage of European law that “allows for use of registered marks without special symbols on the Web.”

This allowed the company to register a range of domain names prior to the general registration phase and the company subsequently registered 180 generic domain names.

Internetportal’s use of the domains was challenged in the Austrian courts who revoked Internetportal’s claim to certain trademarks.

To read more on the case from the Courthouse News Service, see:
www.courthousenews.com/2010/06/04/27842.htm

Domain name market research shows majority of Europeans know and trust .EU

Eurid logo[news release] 81% of Europeans know what a domain name is and more than half have heard of .eu, according to the results of new market research. In addition, .eu is perceived as being innovative and trustworthy when compared to other top-level domains (TLDs). These findings were published today as part of a brand and adoption study commissioned by EURid, the registry of the .eu top-level domain.

Further findings show that:

  • 17% of Europeans have a domain name, while 15% plan to register a domain name within the next year.
  • Of that 15%, a quarter would prefer to register a .eu domain name.

The study, conducted by independent research agency Insites Consulting, ran between December 2009 and January 2010. It aimed to explore the characteristics of .eu as a brand, determine the degree to which the European Internet population is aware of domain names in general, and .eu in particular, and gain insight into the European domain name and Internet markets.

Data was gathered via an email survey across all 27 EU Member States and online discussion groups in Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

For more findings, you can read summaries of the branding and adoption study.

This news release was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/content/new-domain-name-market-research-available

.EU Domains Now Available in All EU Languages

Eurid logoÄrzte.eu was the first.EU internationalised domain name (IDN) registered when .EU IDNs became available on 10 December. During the first hour alone 38,172 IDNs were registered.

“The significant number of registered names during the first hour shows how important it is for people across Europe to be able to access and use the internet in their own languages” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

The availability of .EU IDNs meant that for the first time, residents of the European Union can register a .EU domain name that uses characters from the whole Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets; for example the Polish ł, the Spanish ñ, the Danish ø, the French é, the Bulgarian л and the Greek θ.

Below is a list of the first ten .EU IDNs registered and the countries from which most registrants came for the first hour.

First 10 IDNs registered
1. ärzte.eu
2. börse.eu
3. flüge.eu
4. bücher.eu
5. ferienhäuser.eu
6. reisebüro.eu
7. büro.eu
8. küche.eu
9. müller.eu
10. öl.eu

Which countries registered the most IDNs in the first hour?
1. Germany
2. Czech republic
3. France
4. Luxemburg
5. Poland
6. Belgium
7. Great Britain
8. Greece
9. Sweden

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