The Brazilian ccTLD registry manager, NIC.br, has announced they will be adding 12 new second level domains on 20 July with domain names registered in these 2LDs to be priced at R$40 per year, around US$7.60.
Brazilâs ccTLD manager, NIC.br, announced [Portuguese only] Monday theyâve reached the 4 million registrations mark after âmore than 25 years of flawless operationâ.
There are over 120 second level domains under which .br domain names can be registered from blog.br and wiki.br for individuals to eng.br and adv.br for liberal professionals, tv.br and tur.br for legal persons, rio.br, sampa.br and curitiba.br for cities those reserved for specific purposes such as gov.br, jus.br, b.br and org.br among others. Some of these have as few as 10 registrations, while the largest, com.br has 3,645,125 accounting for 91.2% of all registrations.
According to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, .br is the seventh largest country code top level domain (ccTLD). Verisign already had .br at 4 million domain name registrations at the end of 30 June, probably through rounding, up in this case, to the nearest hundred thousand. Chinaâs ccTLD was the largest with 22.7 million followed by Tokelauâs free .tk (21.5m), Germanyâs .de (16.3m), the United Kingdomâs .uk (12.0m), Russiaâs .ru (5.9m), the Netherlandsâ .nl (5.8m). Following .br is the European Unionâs .eu (3.8m), Franceâs .fr (3.2m) and rounding out the top 10 is Italyâs .it (3.1m).
Revenues from .br registrations allow NIC.br to, in addition to providing and maintaining the infrastructure behind .br, invest in a series of actions and projects that generate benefits and improvements to the internet infrastructure in Brazil. These include the operation of internet traffic exchange points, which promote the interconnection of networks that form the Internet in Brazil, reducing distances and costs; the handling security incidents and tracking internet statistics.
Nic.br notes that other advantages of registering .br domain names include additional security features, such as token and encryption, that strengthen both the accounts of Registro.br users, and their respective domains. There is another recent feature: a redirection feature that lets you point a .br domain to any URL, whether it’s on a website or the preferred channel on social networks, keeping identities and active tags on the Internet permanently. Servers distributed by Brazil and other regions of the world guarantee speed and reliability in the resolution of .br and a team exclusively dedicated to meet and assist users in their doubts complete the description.
The registry fee, the fee charged to registrars, for .br (Brazil) domain names will increase to R$40 ($12.30) from the current R$30, an increase of one third, on 1 January the registry NIC.br announced.
The increase is the first since 2003 Demi Getschko, President and CEO of NIC.br said.
“After 13 years of real value maintained without change, it’s time to fix it, even partially. The Brazilian record has always been committed to maintaining the functioning of. br within the best international standards and, we can say, we have the assurance that we will keep the unassailable quality.”
Up until 31 December, registrants will be able to renew or register new .br domain names at the current fees, unless there are changes in fees at the registrar level.
NIC.br in announcing the fee increase said that revenue from domain registration activity under br and distribution of IP numbers not only supports the functioning of these services internationally, is invested in activities and projects that bring benefits to the internet in Brazil, such as internet traffic exchange points; monitoring of security incidents in Brazil; study and research of network technologies and operations; production of indicators on information and communication technologies (ICT); Web development in Brazil.
With over 420 new gTLDs being launched in 2014, and about double that to come in the current round, it was timely for the European Domain Centre blog to ask ten leading experts “what’s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?”To help them on their way Christopher Hofman asked the following additional questions:
- Do successful new gTLDs share common traits ?
- Is there a way to spot the success of future launches in the registration stats?
- Why does .link get 50.000 registrations, when .direct only has 4.000 ?
- What is it about the success of .club or .guru that other registries might have missed?
The experts asked were
- Michele Neylon (Blacknight Solutions) who said the “key will be the content not the actual domains
- Andy Churley (Famous Four Media) who questioned the success of .club whose domains have wholesaled for below $10
- Jeff Sass (.CLUB Domains) who said “the greatest challenges every Registry faces are the ones of awareness and clutter” and “that in 2015 we’ll see stronger registry marketing efforts”
- Joseph Peterson (Branding Consultant and Domain Investor) who echoed several others saying “success depends on perspective” and that “what truly counts is someone’s goal”. Peterson also thinks that “if .MOBILE were to proceed without restrictions, it might overtake .MOBI a decade from now. Words are simply more natural. So I’d anticipate poor results for truncated nTLDs such as .REST, .PHYSIO, .ONL, and .ARCHI. Indeed, .RESTAURANT has already eclipsed .REST.”
- Pinky Brand who thinks relationships, trust and planning ahead are all key
- Adrian Kinderis (ARI Registry Services) says one has to question the importance of numbers and that “while registrars and domainers care little about .brands, they will transform the way we use the Internet. And clearly, a mere count of the names registered under these TLDs will reveal little about the success of these namespaces”
- Joe Alagna (101domain.com) gave six keys to a successful new gTLD:
1. let markets operate without too much interference.
2. foster trust amongst all stakeholders.
3. keep prices and rules simple and easy to understand.
4. follow established protocols.
5. are predictable and transparent.
6. promote aggressively while respecting their sales channels.
- Ken Hansen (co.com) said keyword gTLDs, location gTLDs, passion and marketing are all key
- Morgan Linton (Linton Investments) said “the team behind the registry and the string itself” are key
- Rubens Kohl (nic.br) believes the key there must be relevance building for a new gTLD to be successful.
To read the full article and complete responses, go to:
The number of .ORG domain names grew by 7.7 per cent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, with the total number of domains registered totalling 9.9 million at the end of June, the Public Interest Registry revealed in its latest bi-annual report The Dashboard.
The number of .ORG domain names now totals 10.064 million with the ten millionth registration happening on 24 June according to a PIR news release dated 11 July. So either registrations temporarily went backwards or there are several ways to count .ORG domain names!
The report also notes the number of registered .ORG domain names increased from 3.9 million in 2006 to 9.9 million by the end of June 2012 â a net gain of 305,948 for the first half of the year and an increase of 154 percent over seven years.
The largest TLD globally is naturally .COM with around 104.127m domain names registered. Second is .DE (Germany) with 15.159m registrations then .NET (14.767m). Following is .TK (Tokelau â 10.5m), .UK (United Kingdom â 10.179m), .ORG (10.055m), .INFO (8.118m).NL (Netherlands â 5.015m), .RU (Russian Federation â 3.928m), .EU (European Union â 3.644m) and then .BR (3m).
The blended renewal rate for .ORG, the average renewal rate from the first to the third year, of existing .ORG websites for the first half of 2012 was 75.4 per cent.
PIR has also applied for six new top level domains: .NGO, .ONG and four internationalised domains that translate into âorganisation,â âorgâ or âstructured organisationâ in Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts.
âWe have seen tremendous growth of the .ORG domain over the last few years, underscoring the fact that .ORG remains the go-to online home for individuals and companies advancing their cause or mission,â said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. âWhatâs more is that the year ahead also promises to be an exciting one for PIR. Not only will we remain focused on continuing to expand the .ORG domain globally and in new markets such as India, Russia and China, but we will also be introducing complementary domain options â such as .NGO or .ONG â that will, like .ORG, serve as trusted online venues for nonprofit and nongovernmental communities worldwide.â
For more information on âThe Dashboardâ or to download a copy, see pir.org/news
The three millionth .BR domain name was registered on 31 July the Brazilian registry announced this week.
The Brazilian ccTLD is the seventh largest ccTLD NIC.br noted in their news release. The registry says the large number of .BR domain names proves Brazilians prefer their own ccTLD.
Assisting the growth of .BR NIC.br notes has been the implementation of DNSSEC, the creation of a number of second level domains (b.br for banks, jus.br for the judiciary and leg.br for government as well as emp.br and eco.br) as well as making it easier to register domains and providing better infrastructure.
The largest ccTLD is .DE (Germany) with 15.1 million active registrations, followed by .TK (Tokelau â 10.5m), .UK (United Kingdom â 10.2m), .NL (Netherlands â 5m), .RU (Russian Federation â 3.9m), .EU (European Union â 3.6m) and then .BR.
The Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br), in cooperation with ICANN has completed an improvement to the Internet infrastructure that increases the resilience to potential abuse or attacks on Domain Name Service (DNS) by boosting name resolution capacity.
NIC.br has installed 14 new anycast copies of ICANN‘s L-Root server, which were originally installed in California.
“This new infrastructure reduces response time in Brazil for domains from all over the world,” said Frederico Neves, director of technology services at the NIC.br. “But its most relevant impact is greatly increasing security, by distributing international connectivity to the name resolution service independently and at the root of the Internet in the country.”
As of today, L-Root copies operate together with .br servers at Internet Exchange Points (PTTMetro) across Brazil. Of the 20 current locations for those points, 14 will reap benefits from this latest infrastructure improvement.
“Root name servers are a critical part of the Internet’s infrastructure,” said Joe Abley, Director of ICANN‘s DNS Group. “These new servers distributed across Brazil are part of a global effort to improve DNS response time, security and general stability for all users.”
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