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 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, 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.