Total registrations of .eu and .ею domain names grew by a modest 52,085 to 3,815,055 from 3,762,970 in 2017 according to EURid’s 2017 annual report released this week, while the average renewal rate rose by 2.5% to 81.9% from 79.4%. However there was strong growth of DNSSEC-signed domain names, with the number signed growing by 95,199 to 443,600 from the 2016 figure of 348,401.
The strong growth in DNSSEC-signed domain names has come about following EURid expanding their efforts towards building a trustworthy and secure online space and a rise in communication activities surrounding domain name security and DNSSEC.
The countries that saw the most growth in terms of registrations were Austria, Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Portugal. Portugal and Bulgaria were also top growth countries in 2016. For total registrations, Germany has the most .eu registrations with 1.014 million followed by the Netherlands (502,000), France (346,000), United Kingdom (317,000), Poland (263,000), Italy (260,000), Austria (193,000), Czech Republic (156,000), Belgium (137,000) and Spain (110,000).
However a cloud hangs over the United Kingdom registrations as the European Commission has flagged businesses and individuals that are based in the United Kingdom and do not have any offices in a remaining E.U. country, “will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.” But it’s subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, which is an ongoing negotiation between the United Kingdom and European Commission.
For EURid in 2017, of the 3.815 million .eu domain names, 41,300 were internationalised domain names and there were 1,972 .ею Cyrillic internationalised domain names.
EURid achievements throughout the year included highlights like the addition of WIPO as an Alternative Dispute Resolution provider, the Ugandan borehole rehabilitation project to compensate for CO2 emissions generated 2016, receiving the CENTR registry of the year award, and the development of a domain name abuse prevention tool.
Financially speaking, EURid saw a decrease in costs throughout the year (-1.66%), in addition to a decrease in revenues (-6.08%). This has a correlation with the total registration growth that occurred during the year. The dip in total revenue in 2017 was namely due to a change to the registrar reduction schemes. While on the one hand it generated a dip in revenues, it also resulted in more people registering the .eu extensions.
To download EURid’s 2017 Annual Report in full, click here [pdf].