Maturing domain name markets and the global financial crisis have both impacted on the registration growth within the German speaking countries in Europe as well as elsewhere Mathew Zook of Zooknic told the Domain Pulse conference last week.However this does not mean registrations have declined, as they are still growing strongly and would be the envy of any other industry or economy. It is just not growing as strongly as they have previously. Growth could be compared to the Chinese economy, which was rocketing along until the GFC hit, but then still continued to grow at a rate that was the envy of almost every other country.Overall across the world Zook has observed through his research that yearly growth rates have been declining over time due to maturing markets, high penetration rates for internet use and it becoming harder to find good domains. As the GFC hit, registration growth was slowed a bit more. But as the global economy is improving, Zook has observed so are registration growth rates.But the pattern observed by Zook is inconsistent as registrations are growing more strongly in some markets. Over the last ten years the fastest growth has occurred in ccTLDs such as in .in (India), .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau, which gives away its domains for free) and .co (Colombia). But within the German speaking countries that co-host Domain Pulse, growth has been slower. However it should also be noted these are more mature markets.An example of a maturing market is .de which has expanded by 2.5 times over the last ten years and remains the world’s largest ccTLD and second largest TLD, but overall share has shrunk due to the expansion of other TLDs.One market that has grown strongly in recent years and which is a mature market is .fr (France). However this is likely to be largely explained by the liberalisation of registration policies.Domain registrations also increase the more computers there are connected to the internet, Zook also told Domain Pulse, which was also fairly constant over time.Speaking of new TLDs, a focus of this year’s Domain Pulse, Zook believes they can be successful. Those TLDs that will be open for public registrations may face an uphill battle getting noticed with registrars reluctant to add new and unknown TLDs to their “shelf space.” But Zook cites the examples of .me (Montenegro), .co and .tk, all successfully relaunched in recent years as defacto gTLDs, to show that they can work.Zook also believes new TLDs are not likely to have a significant impact and they may be complementary to rather than a substitution for existing registrations.
Canadians prefer their own .CA ccTLD over .COM a new report from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has found.In the report from the .CA registry, both businesses and individuals expressed a preference for their own ccTLD. For business, 49 percent of Canadians strongly preferred a .CA domain for their website versus 17 percent for .COM while 54 percent of individuals expressed a preference for .CA versus 10 percent for .COM, the .CA Factobook released this week finds.Additionally, 89 percent of online Canadians believe it is important for Canadians to have a .CA domain, and 75 percent of them prefer to support Canadian businesses whenever possible.The top reasons given for preferring a .CA domain name by users was that it is a Canadian organisation, honest, trusted, safe, secure, credible and relevant.The results are consistent with other ccTLDs that have released similar surveys. In a similar study, Nominet found Britons prefer .UK domains. In the Nominet survey they found 81 percent of respondents preferred .UK websites when presented with a choice of a .UK or .COM domain in search results. The main reasons given by respondents were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and acceptable delivery charges.The CIRA report also found that .CA is one of the fastest growing TLDs in the world, ranking fourth among its country code top level domain (ccTLD) counterparts from 2007 to 2012 behind .FR (France), .AU (Australia) and .BR (Brazil) with over 50 percent growth in this period. Other ccTLDs growing by more than 50 percent during this period were .NL (Netherlands) and .SE (Sweden).The growth of .CA is particularly impressive as unlike many other ccTLDs such as .DE, .CO and .TK, there are Canadian presence requirements to register a .CA domain. Canadians repeatedly report that they want to do business and/or connect with other Canadians so the presence requirements mean that it is more likely that when visiting a .CA website, it is going to have a Canadian connection.The market share of .CA within Canada is also growing as more and more Canadians are choosing their own ccTLD. Over the last five years .CA’s market share has increased from 21 per cent to 30 per cent, for the most part at the expense of .COM.The report also looked at gTLD and ccTLD registrations per capita. Canada, like the United States, is one of the few countries where .COM have a higher rate of registrations per capita than their respective ccTLDs – .CA and .US respectively.The countries/ccTLDs with the highest proportion of domain name registrations per capita are .NL with over 400 registrations for every 1000 people with just under 300 of these registrations for .NL domain names and the remaining for gTLD registrations.Second is .DE (Germany) with around 280 registrations per 1000 people, of which around 190 are .DE domains and the remaining for gTLDs. Following is .UK (also around 280 registrations/1000 with 170 .UK), .US (260 and minimal .US registrations) and then Australia whose registrations are reasonably evenly divided between .AU and gTLDs with around 220 domains registered per 1000 people. Following is .NO (Norway), .SE (Sweden) and then .CA.IPv6 deployment has been slow within Canada, as in most other countries. The report notes that at present, IPv6 has still barely penetrated the .CA market, but as deployment intensifies, especially around World IPv6 Launch Day each June, CIRA says it can be expected to see these numbers rise steadily.Other findings of the report include:
- Canadians rank first in the world when it comes to internet usage, spending an average of 45 hours per month online
- Canadians spend more for broadband speed than 19 other countries
- Canada’s internet economy accounted for three percent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012, totalling $49 billion
- Per viewer, Canada leads the world in viewing online video.
The full report is available online at www.cira.ca/factbook/2013/index.html.
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.
The French ccTLD, .FR, reached 2.5 million domain name registrations this week, and achieved the milestone relatively quickly as it is among the top five ccTLDs when it comes to growth.
Growing at 16 percent per annum, .FR has achieved significant growth in recent years following the liberalisation of registration policies allowing first individuals to register domain names, and now people and businesses within Europe.
In September .fr TLD had just over one third (34.1%) of the market share in France, an increase of almost two pecentage points year on year. And the 2.5 millionth registration was borders-collie.fr, which unsurprisingly went to a dog breeder.
However .fr still has some way to go to reach the top ten top level domains, trailing .com, the worldâs largest TLD with 105.79 million registered domain names and .de (Germany) the worldâs largest ccTLD, and second largest TLD, with 15.27 million registered domain names.
Next is .net with 14.88 million registrations, .tk (Tokelau â approximately 13 million), .uk (United Kingdom â 10.24m), .org (10.10m), .info (7.24m), .nl (5.12m), .ru (Russia â 4.16m), .cn (China â 3.98m) and then, recently dropping out of the top ten, .eu, with 3.70m.
TLD registration statistics come from Registrar Stats while ccTLD statistics come from registry websites.
Registrations of .eu (European Union) domain names grew by more than seven percent in Q3 2012 year over year for the second consecutive quarter, the latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid says. The third quarter’s net growth rate of 7.4 percent was consistent with Q2’s 7.6 percent result.But despite this impressive growth, .eu slipped from the tenth to the eleventh largest TLD with 3.67m domain names at the end of the third quarter. The registry notes that this has been caused by changes in the top level domain environment. An example given is .TK, the ccTLD for Tokelau, which gives away domain names for free and now has over 13 million registrations.At the end of the third quarter there were 3.67 million .eu domain names, compared to .com, the world’s largest TLD with 105.79 million registered domain names and .de (Germany) the world’s largest ccTLD, and second largest TLD, with 15.27 million registered domain names.Next is .net with 14.88 million registrations, .tk (Tokelau – approximately 13 million), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.24m), .org (10.10m), .info (7.24m), .nl (5.12m), .ru (Russia – 4.16m), .cn (China – 3.98m) and then .eu, now with 3.70m.”.eu registrations have risen steadily during 2012, with the Q3 results supporting our sustainable growth targets,” said EURid’s General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael. “During tough economic times, doing business online becomes ever more attractive. I see .eu’s growth as evidence of this trend across Europe.”EURid’s Q3 2012 report shows that Malta had the highest annual growth, a 35 percent rise in .eu registrations compared with Q3 2011, followed by Slovakia (22%) and Austria (21%). During the same period, registrations grew by over 15 percent annually in a further four European Union countries: the Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania and Slovenia..eu completed the third quarter of 2012 with 3.67 million registered domain names. Across the EU, there were 8% more new .eu registrations in Q3 than during the same quarter in 2011. During these three months, Greece, Malta, Slovakia and Spain all increased by 5% or more.The full Q3 2012 report is available for download at link.eurid.eu/reports.TLD registration statistics come from Registrar Stats while ccTLD statistics come from registry websites.
Registrations of .EU domain names continue to grow strongly with an increase of 7.6 percent in the year to the end of June 2012, according to the latest progress report from the .EU top level domain registry, EURid. This built on the 6.1 percent year-on-year increase reported in Q1 2012.
The second quarter includes the anniversary for when .EU was launched in April 2006 and traditionally sees more domain name deletions than other quarters, and hence a decline in registrations. However, Q2 2012 was different from previous second quarters. This year there was a quarterly net growth of 0.2 percent showing that 2012âs April anniversary had the smallest impact yet.
.EU is now the tenth largest TLD, and sixth largest ccTLD. .COM is the largest with 103.4m registrations, followed by (Germany) with 15.2m, .NET (14.7m), .TK (Tokelau â 11.2m), .UK (United Kingdom â 10.2m), .ORG (10m), .INFO (8.2m), .NL (Netherlands â 5.0m), .RU (Russian Federation â 4.0m) and .EU now with close to 3.7m.*
“.EU has maintained healthy registration rates for the first six months of this year, a fact reinforced by the Q2 2012 results,â said EURidâs General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael. âI am heartened by this growth which shows that Europeans continue to want .eu domain names despite the economic and political crisis still affecting Europe.”
EURidâs Q2 2012 report shows that Lithuania had the highest annual growth, with a 30 percent increase of .EU registrations compared with Q2 2011, followed by Malta (29%) and Austria (23%). During the same period, registrations in a further six European Union countries grew by over 10 percent, namely Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
.EU completed the second quarter of 2012 with 3.60 million registered domain names. During these three months, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia all saw quarterly growth of five percent or more.
Also during the quarter EURid launched YADIFA, an open-source name server implementation, as well as reducing fees for their Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service by 50 percent.
YADIFA is for TLD operators and Internet Service Providers alike and is designed specifically for the efficient management of large internet zones and uses dynamic updates to instantly change domain name records. It is equally optimised to handle multiple Internet zones. The source code is also freely available.
The full report for Q2 2012 is available for download at link.eurid.eu/reports.
* the registration figures for ccTLDs above are updated from the EURid report with figures from the registry websites with the exception of .TK.
The four millionth .RU (Russian Federation) domain name has been registered with total registrations approaching 4.004 million as this article is published.
.RU is the fifth largest ccTLD behind .DE (Germany) with 15.2 million registrations, followed by .TK (Tokelau) however the registry does not publish registration statistics for its free domain names. Third is .UK (United Kingdom â 10.2m) then .NL (Netherlands â 5.04m), .RU, .CN (China â 4.13m as of 31 July), .EU (European Union â 3.67m), .BR (Brazil â 3.05m), .AR (Argentina â figures unknown) and then .AU, currently with 2.52m registrations.
More to come.
The number of registered .AU (Australia) domain names passed the 2.5 million mark in late August, auDA and AusRegistry announced.Since passing two million registrations in March 2011, the .AU namespace has grown at a steady pace thanks, the regulatory and policy body and registry note, to the combined efforts of accredited registrars in promoting .AU as Australia’s home on the internet. Approximately 86 percent of all .AU domain names are registered under .com.au.According to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief, .AU is the tenth largest ccTLD. The largest is .DE (Germany) with almost 15.19 million registrations today. Second is probably .TK (Tokelau) however the registry does not publish registration statistics for its free domain names, followed by .UK (United Kingdom – 10.2m), .NL (Netherlands – 5.03m), .RU (Russian Federation – 3.99m) .CN (China – 4.13m as of 31 July), .EU (European Union – 3.65m), .BR (Brazil – 3.05m), .AR (Argentina – figures unknown) and then .AU, currently with 2.51m registrations.
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.