The Russian registry, ccTLD RU, announced that .RU reached the 4 million domains milestone. It took the Russian Registry two years to reach 4 million domain names registrations. ccTLD RU crossed the 3 million barrier on september 25, 2010.
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On may 13, 2010 the Russian registry released the IDN TLD .РФ wich reached 1 million registrations within eleven months after it was launched.
.RU currently holds the 4th position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE, .UK and. NL with a little over 15 million domains for .DE, over 10 million for .UK and over 5 million domains for .NL.
The Dutch registry, the SIDN, announced that .NL reached the 5 million domains
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milestone. They archieved this milestone just a year af ther 25th birthday of the .NL domain and 15 years after the SIDN took over .NL. .NL holds the 3rd position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE and .UK with a little over 15 million domains for .DE and little over 10 million for .UK
Individuals are allowed to register a second-level .nl domain since 2003. As a forerunner, individuals were allowed to register a third-level domain since 2000. Such ‘personal domains’ had the form of john.doe.123.nl. They never became popular, and registration has been suspended since 2006.
SIDN is located in Arnhem and has 1800+ Registrars.
DNS.be, the organization who operate the Belgium ccTLD .be, offers a new service for the holder of a .be domain. The registrant of a .be domain can request a certificate in pdf format with the details of the individual or organization who is registered as the holder of the .be domain in question.
The purpose of this certificate is to verify that the domain has been registered with correct details and that the domain can be used for certain business transactions, such as applying for a digital certificate.
The below message will be send by DNS.be after the request.
You have requested the WHOIS registration details certificate for the domain name realtimeregister.be from our website.
Attached please find the pdf document with the currently valid WHOIS registration details for this domain name.
You will find more information about this topic at our website DNS Be.
The certificate can be requested when you visit the website of dns.be and do a whois query on your domain. Scroll to bottom of the page and click on YES at Request WHOIS registration detail certificate. The certificate will be send to the e-mail address associated with the holder of the domain.
On 16 March, Nominet the ccTLD operator for *.uk reported they had over 10 million registrations. The 10th million .uk domain name registered is SwarveMagazine.co.uk. According to whois records the 10th million .uk domain name was registered by Steven Northam.
“We’ve been growing at around the 10% for the past couple of years,” said Nominet’s chief executive, Lesley Cowley.
Yesterday, SIDN the operator for the ccTLD .NL registered more then 4.9 million registrations. .NL is one of the largest ccTLDs in terms of total registrations . SIDN celebrated its three millionth domain name registration in 2008,while its two millionth milestone was reached in 2006. 6 years later, the number of .nl domain names has more than doubled .
Denic hit the 15 million mark yesterday. The 15th million domain name is floristennetzwerk.de. .DE is the world’s largest ccTLD, and the second largest TLD.
.EU has matured as an extension. This was demonstrated by .eu consumer loyalty,shown in the robust and stable registration renewal rate.In 2011, 81.6% of .eu domain names were renewed which was consistent with 2010’s renewal rate (81.7%) and above the industry average.
Eurid 2011 Highlights.
In 2011 Eurid reached a total registrations of 3.51 million .EU domain names.
Website usage research. This study revealed that 31.4% of the .EU websites are being used for business usuage. Full report here.
Eurid closed the case on sex.eu
During Q4 2011, the number of .eu registrations increased by 100 802 domain names, or 3.0%, to 3.51 million. The total number ofregistrations at the end of Q4 represented an increase of 5.5%, or 182 275 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q4 2010.
IDN registrations reached a total of 67074 registrations wich is about the same as with other ccTLD registries that offer IDN according to Eurid.
Deletions : During Q4 2011, there were 166 309 deletions.
Domain disputes. Eurid offers an alternative dispute system (ADR) and received 12 cases in Q4, wich is the same amount as in Q3 2011. This trend is comparable with the amount of cases that WIPO received.
For more info about the Q4 2011 results download the PDF here.
Afnic has published their IDN specifications last Friday. This is the last step before the sunrise period with the ‘grandfathering’ rule that starts the third of May. This move will extend the number of characters which can used to create a domain name to 67, versus the 37 now. The new IDN rules apply to all the extensions under control of Afnic (.fr, .re, .tf, .wf, .pm and .yt).
The entity filing an IDN must hold an ASCII-equivalent domain name for the transaction to be accepted. However, if the ASCII equivalent has not yet been filed, it will be possible for the holder to create it at any time, even during the sunrise period.
You can only apply for a IDN in the extension you already have. For example, the holder of cafe.fr can apply for café.fr and won’t be eligible for café.re or any other extension under control of Afnic.
The implementation of IDN domain names will follow the IDNA2008 standard. The biggest differences between IDNA2008 and IDNA2003 is the way the German Eszett (ß) will be handled and the face that nameprep step or canonicalization has been removed in IDNA2008.
The opening schedule is as follows (the exact times will be announced later):
• 3 May 2012: Launch of the IDN sunrise period with the “Grandfathering” rule.
• 3 July 2012: Opening with IDN attribution according to the “first come, first served” rule.
Futher information about Afnic opening up to IDN can be found here
SIDN reports a huge increase for .NL domain name registrations. Net growth for 2011was 607,265 domain names, an increase of 14.5% compared to 2010. Compare this percentage to .DE 5% (702,000 domain names) and .EU 6% (196,000 domain names) and it’s easy too understand that Roelof Meijer, CEO of SIDN is pleased with the results. The SIDN is currently close to 5 million domain name registrations and has the highest domain name density in the world.
Strong brand preference
When it comes to registering domain names, both consumers and businesses continue to show a strong preference for the .nl brand. That has a lot to do with the reliability and security of the Dutch extension. “SIDN is constantly using its expertise and resources to improve the security, reliability and accessibility of the internet in general, and of the .nl domain in particular,” commented Meijer.
“We work in tandem with roughly 1,800 .nl registrars, who, despite all the economic uncertainty, have held their nerve: they have continued to invest and consequently to perform well.”
According to a Verisign press release, the Internet has grown to nearly 220 Million domain names in third quarter of 2011. This total number boils down to an accumulate growth over the first three quarters of 2010 of over 7 percent. The year-over-year growth was a 5.9 percent for new registrations of the VeriSign generic TLD’s .COM and .NET. The press release also covers the new generic TLDs and refers to the latest domain brief highlights.
Key performance indicators
The Domain name industry briefs are, in my opinion, in general interesting and keep you in the loop with the domain name industries development. Verisign reviews the state of the domain name industry through a variety of statistical and analytical research. As a provider of digital infrastructure for the Internet, VeriSign provides this briefing to highlight to industry analysts, media, and businesses important trends in domain name registration, including key performance indicators and growth opportunities. However, you must always take in account that these documents are written from VeriSign’s perspective.
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