There 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.