Germany has by far the most registrations of .eu domain names with close to 1.127 million followed by the Netherlands with around 489,000 and then France and the United Kingdom with 344,000 and 328,000 respectively according to the latest EURid Quarterly Progress Report for the third quarter of 2013.
The report also shows that during the third quarter, the total number of .eu registrations increased in 16 of the 28 EU Member States. Ireland, Portugal, Estonia, Malta and Latvia all saw growth of more than two percent. Renewal rates stayed strong during Q3 at an average of 80 percent.
The quarter also saw the number of .eu registrations decrease by 3,051 domain names, a net decrease of 0.1 percent, to 3.7 million. The total number of .eu domain name registered at the end of Q3 represented an increase of 0.9 percent, or 34,749 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q3 2012.
Among the world’s TLDs, .eu was the eleventh largest at the end of the quarter. The largest was .com with 110.6 million registrations followed by .tk (Tokelau – 19.8m), .de (Germany – 15.6m), .net (15.1m), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.6m), .org (10.4m), .cn (China – 7.8m), .info (6.1m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.3m), .ru (Russia – 4.8m) and then .eu followed by .br (Brazil – 3.3m).
In terms of density it is a different story with the Netherlands leading with 29.3 .eu domains registered per thousand people. The Netherlands also has one of the highest ccTLD domains registered per thousand people with 317.4. On .eu density, the only other countries with more than 20 .eu domains registered per thousand were Luxembourg (27.8) and Malta (25.7) while Cyprus, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia and Belgium all have more than ten.
There were also a number of developments in the quarter, the most significant being the certification for the ISO 27001 security standard following an audit by the British Standards Institution on 24 September 2013
ISO 27001 is a standard designed and developed to help businesses manage their security. It provides requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in the framework of general company risks. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process.
“EURid decided to adopt this standard to show our registrars, registrants and the world that information security is a key asset to us,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “Achieving certification is also another way in which we can improve the quality of the .eu brand.”
The EURid Quarterly Progress Report for the third quarter of 2013 is available for download from www.eurid.eu/en/about-us/publications.