2018 was the best year ever for the Portuguese ccTLD as it celebrates 30 years of .pt, a record number of new registrations and passing the one million registrations mark. And 2019 has gotten off to a great start as they announce the signing of a protocol of collaboration with the Angolan government regarding the management of their .ao.
To celebrate the 30 years of .pt, the DNS.PT Association organised a conference in November called “The Internet is a Strange Place”, which took place on November 29 at the Jerónimo Martins Auditorium, Nova SBE, Carcavelos.
Then in early January 2019 there were 2 announcements. The first was that by new registrations, it was the best year ever for the Portuguese country code top level domain with a total of 107,850 new .pt domain names registered.
The Portuguese ccTLD is one of the faster growing in European: year after year, the number of .pt registrations increases significantly. DNS.PT note .pt is in the top 5 of the European domains.
.pt passed the one million registrations mark in March 2018 and today has 1.093 million domains under management. In the 10 years since the end of 2008 registrations have shown constant growth, growing from 248,000.
The second announcement this month was DNS.PT Association signing a protocol of collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology of Angola (MTTI), which aims to support the ongoing process of restructuring management of the Angolan ccTLD, .ao, as well as develop technical and legal training actions that enhance the development of skills in the area of ccTLD management and the internet in general. Angola is another Portuguese-speaking country.
The collaboration protocol was signed by Luisa Gueifão, chairman of the DNS.PT Association Board of Directors, and Manuel Gomes da Conceição Homem, Secretary of State for Information Technologies of MTTI on 11 January in Lisbon in a ceremony during which the importance of the relationship between the two entities was reinforced