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European ccTLD Growth Slowing But Still Higher Than gTLDs

It may have a reputation for being one of the TLDs with the most phishing domains, but the number of .tk (Tokelau) domain names under management continues to soar. Registrations grew by 13.9 percent in the quarter ending August, according to the latest Centr DomainWire StatReport, with total registrations reaching 19.1 million for the ccTLD whose domain names are given away for free.The report notes .de (Germany) continues to progressively grow and maintain its second place with 15.5m DUM while .uk (United Kingdom) comes in third with 10.6m. But .cn (China) continues to rapidly grow, again, and is now back to 7.8m.Within Europe, at the end of August 2013 there were just over 65.1m DUM while over the past 12 months, overall net growth is 5.9 percent – an increase of around 3.6m. The largest contribution to the increase came from .ru with 780,000.The ccTLDs with the largest growth rate within Europe were .me (Montenegro) where registrations grew by 5.2 percent in the quarter ending August, followed by .ru (Russian Federation – 4.1%), Cyprus (.cy – 3.8%), .pt (Portugal – 3.4%) and then .is (Iceland – 2.9%).The report also shows the number of domain names per person. This statistic is skewed by how the ccTLD is marketed, with .me ranking highly due to it being marketed more as a gTLD. The Centr report shows that .li (Liechtenstein) has the highest penetration with 181 domains per 100 people for the 37,000 people in the country, followed by .me with 116. Then follows .nl (Netherlands – 32), .ch (Switzerland – 23), .dk (Denmark – 22), .de (19) and then .uk (17).The report also notes that growth rates in European ccTLDs have slowed over the past 12 months. The growth rate for the year to August 2013 was 5.9 percent (compared to the 12 months to April 2012 whose growth rate was 6.6 percent) but this was on average 2.5 percent higher than for gTLDs globally. The average monthly growth of all European ccTLDs is 0.47 percent. Globally the number of ccTLD registrations grew by one percentage point in the 12 months to August 2013, while gTLDs share dropped by the corresponding percentage point.Marketing is also looked at in the report, with how ccTLDs are marketed. Registries use traditional as well as new marketing tools, as shows the below graph which is based on a June 2013 survey amongst CENTR members. The same survey shows that a large majority of the registries have, or are developing, a formal marketing plan. The traditional ‘offline’ channels such as printed media, TV and radio are used by several registries while others cooperate with registrars with sponsorship arrangements and co-marketing initiatives and programmes.The report is available for download from centr.org/system/files/share/domainwire_stat_report_2013_2.pdf.

CENTR Releases European Domain Name Statistics Report

The latest CENTR Domain Wire Stat Report shows that Montenegro (.me), Serbia (.rs) and Slovakia (.sk) are the European countries with the highest market share of the local ccTLD with 99 percent, 90 percent and 87 percent respectively.This means that in Montenegro, 99 percent of all domain names registered in the country across all top level domains are .me domains.The biannual report covers a wide number of statistics for Europe, such as there are 61.7 million country code domain names registered in Europe which is around a quarter of the 245 or so million domain names registered globally.And the European ccTLD with the highest growth rate is .pt (Portugal), but this is largely because registration policies for the ccTLD were liberalised earlier this year. And across Europe, two in five (40%) domain names are registered by individuals, while the remaining three in five are registered for commercial purposes. Plus the average length of a domain name is 11.2 characters and the top three registrars account for 45 percent of all European registrations.The report includes a list of the top 20 ccTLDs globally, which is headed by .de (Germany) with, as of the end of September, had 15.2 million registrations. There followed .tk (Tokelau – 10.83m) and .uk (United Kingdom – 10.24m).Within the top 20 list, the highest growth (year on year) has been achieved by .cn (China) at around 26.6 percent, partly due to changes in registration requirements. Second was .co (Columbia) with an increase of 25.1 percent, then .ru (Russia – 16%) .fr (France – 16%) and .br (Brazil – 15%). The median growth of the top 20 ccTLDs year-on-year was 11.5 percent.And IDN ccTLDs make up around 0.40 percent of the roughly 245 million domain names registered around the world, with the largest being .рф – the IDN ccTLD for the Russian Federation – with around 840,000 registrations.To download the complete Domain Wire Stat Report, go to centr.org/news/statistics/12-03-2012/2462/domainwire-stat-report-available.

Half Million .PT Domains Landmark Reached

DNS PT logoThere are now half a million .PT domain names the registry, the Foundation for National Scientific Computing (FCCN), announced on 12 October.

There has been a rapid growth in .PT registrations since rules were liberalised on 1 May, allowing anyone to register a .PT domain and drastically reducing the bureaucracy involved, when 39,465 domains were registered. On the first day of the new liberalised rules over 18,000 domains were registered. The second highest month for registrations in 2012 was March when 8,851 domains were registered. Today there are 500,758 domains registered.

Already this year there are over 97,000 domains registered, with the year only three-quarters gone. Previously the year with the highest number of registrations was 2007 when 66,133 domains were registered.

Showing the popularity of registrations at the second level, there are around 20 .PT domain names registered for every one .com.pt domain.

29,000 .PT Domains Registered In First Week After Rules Liberalised

DNS PT logo18,220 .PT domain names were registered in the first 24 hours and 28,984 in the first week after a new era was launched for the Portuguese country code with registration policies liberalised allowing anyone to register the country’s domains.

Pedro Veiga, President of FCCN, said that he was pleased with the results and that from now on .PT was now aligned with international registration standards for domain registration.

“At a time when ICANN opened doors to the registration of new generic domains, ccTLD’s have to stay competitive and, if possible, assume its role of ex libris in each of the countries to which they correspond. In this line, and by way of example, it makes sense that a Portuguese company has its domain under .PT.”

While the registration rules are liberalised, there are still some words and phrases that are excluded that are considered abusive and contrary to the law, public order and morality. In addition geographic names and words or phrases that might mislead are also not allowed.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .PT domain, check out Europe Registry here.

Bright New World Begins Today For .PT

DNS PT logoAt 09:00 today (1 May, local time) a bright new world emerged for the Portuguese ccTLD .PT with .PT domains now available for everyone!

The changes mean anyone can register a domain for the Portuguese ccTLD and registrants will no longer have to be associated with a brand or company, not in Portugal.

“This is a goal for which the Foundation has been working long and we finally have the approval of the proposed liberalisation from the General Council. We hope that this liberalisation will result in an increase in the number of people who choose to have a .PT address instead of registering foreign and generic top domains,” said Pedro Veiga, president of the Foundation.

For the .PT registration, the domain only will have to be delegated in the .PT area and be technically associated with a primary name server, correctly installed and configured.

A “Sunrise” period for the bright new era existed from 1 March for 60 days to allow public companies, companies, brand names, establishment, logos, copyright and professional names, literary or artistic to register their .PT domain and defend their established rights.

Under the new regime, no new registrations will be allowed for net.pt, .int.pt, .publ.pt and .nome.pt.

Registrants also need to note that registrations of .PT domains may not:

  • correspond to words or expressions contrary to law, public order or morality
  • correspond to any top level Internet domain name in existence or in the process of being created
  • correspond to names that would mislead or cause confusion about their ownership, namely, by coinciding with notorious or prestigious trademarks that belong to another
  • correspond to any protocols, applications or terms of the internet
  • correspond to a geographical name.

More information is available from https://www.dns.pt/documents/10156/99679a1a-ba79-48c2-ba30-4209fecd622b.

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

Registration Rules For .PT Liberalised 1 May

In an attempt to make .PT domain names more accessible, the Foundation for National Scientific Computing, has announced changes to registration policies to take place on 1 March. The changes mean anyone can register a domain for the Portuguese ccTLD and registrants will no longer have to be associated with a brand or company.

“This is a goal for which the Foundation has been working long and we finally have the approval of the proposed liberalisation from the General Council. We hope that this liberalisation will result in an increase in the number of people who choose to have a .PT address instead of registering foreign and generic top domains,” said Pedro Veiga, president of the Foundation.

There will also be a “Sunrise” period from 1 March for 60 days to allow public companies, companies, brand names, establishment, logos, copyright and professional names, literary or artistic to register their .PT domain and defend their established rights.

For the .PT registration, the domain only will have to be delegated in the .PT area and be technically associated with a primary name server, correctly installed and configured.

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

FCCN To Hold .PT DNSSEC Workshops

DNS PT - Portugal - logoThe Foundation for National Scientific Computing (FCCN), the .PT manager, is organising a series of DNSSEC workshops between 14 September and 16 November.

The workshops will be aimed at sectors such as banking, public administration and judicial bodies who stand to benefit from the introduction of DNSSEC and will aim to promote and inform of the importance of DNSSEC while ensuring the integrity and security of data on the internet.

For more information in Portuguese, see the DNS.PT website here.

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

Changes to .PT Domain Registration Policies

DNS PT - Portugal - logoAs of 1 July, DNS.PT, the .PT (Portugal) registry, introduced new rules to simplify the registration rules and reduce prices, among other changes.

The changes apply to com.pt and org.pt names and include:

  • making applications easier
  • allowing for arbitration as a mean to solve disputes (for more information www.arbitrare.pt)
  • only registered trademarks are acceptable for registering .PT names where applicable
  • reduction of prices.

For more information and the new terms and conditions in full, see dns.pt.

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