On average, 80% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2012, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid as registrations grew at 5.4 percent year-on-year to 3.7 million active registrations. This is the sixth year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, which EURid says indicates .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.
The TLD finished the quarter, and the year, with 3.7 million registrations.
“I consider a growth rate that is comparable to 2011 (5.5%) to be a notable achievement, particularly in light of the on-going global economic crisis,” commented EURid General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael.
During Q4 2012, there were 230,752 new .eu registrations. Of these, 7 184, or 3 percent, were multiyear registrations (registrations for two years or more). Compared with Q3 2012, the number of multiyear registrations increased by 46 percent, signifying that a growing number domain name holders plan to hold onto their .eu domains for the foreseeable future.
The total number of .eu registrations increased in 22 of the 27 EU Member States. Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, Lithuania and Finland all saw growth of more than 5 percent.
The growth rate compares to the total base of domain names that increased by 12 percent in the year to the end of the third quarter in 2012, while the number of ccTLD registrations increased by 20.7 percent, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Brief, while combined .com and .net domains increased by 7.1 percent.
Overall, .eu ranks as the eleventh largest TLD. The largest is .com with 107.6 million registrations followed by .de (Germany) with 15.4 million, .net (15m) and then probably .tk (Tokelau), which gives away its domains for free and probably over 13 million registrations and .cn (China) which is growing rapidly again with 13.4 million.
Following is .uk (United Kingdom) and .org, both with 10.2 million, .info (6.9m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.2m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.4m) and then .eu.
The report also outlines a new EURid-UNESCO Insights report titled, “The EURid-UNESCO world report on Internationalised Domain Names deployment 2012″ that analyses the growth of multilingualism on the Internet and the factors that contribute towards that growth, including the use of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs).
Also, EURid tested its crisis management capabilities and successfully ran an unannounced Business Continuity Plan (BCP) exercise in December 2012. The exercise focused on switching the EPP, Registrar Extranet, Registrar DAS and Registrar WHOIS services from one data centre to another and back again. The impact on the registrar infrastructure was minimal – a temporary interruption of approximately 15 minutes.
The full EURid Quarterly Progress Report for the fourth quarter 2012 is available for download at www.eurid.eu/en/about-us/publications/quarterly-progress-reports.
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