Luxembourg’s ccTLD passed the 100,000 domain name registrations mark in June. It’s far from one of the biggest ccTLDs, but then, Luxembourg isn’t one of the biggest countries with less than 600,000 people. It was also announced that the ban on one- and two-character .lu domain names will be lifted and available for registration in the first half of 2020.
Announcing the milestone, the RESTENA Foundation and its DNS-LU service said that “leaving aside ‘reserved’ names, i.e. names mainly used to block a particular domain without using it, more than 97,000 .lu domain names are active on the web!” But only around half of the domain names are registered to Luxembourgers.
“Not only do those who have a .lu keep it for a long time but there is also an increasing number of first time registrations – two major factors that clearly demonstrate both trust and stability of the .lu” says Guillaume-Jean Herbiet, Systems Engineer-PhD at RESTENA Foundation’s DNS-LU service.
If all the domain names were registered to Luxembourgers, there would be an average of 1 in 6 inhabitants having a domain name for Luxembourg’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD). Over three quarters of .lu domain names are held by companies and organisations and one quarter by individuals. A prime motivator, say the RESTENA Foundation and its DNS-LU in their news release, is the promotion of activities, economic or not, carried out in Luxembourg. More than half of the domain names are registered to holders with residence in Luxembourg, followed by those located in France, Belgium and Germany. Altogether they represent more than 80% of the domain name holders.
The RESTENA Foundation is a member of the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR), and compared to other CENTR members, the .lu domain name market is rather stable with the highest renew rate. The annual growth of .lu has been oscillating between 3 to 4% for a couple of years and no less than 89% of domain names get renewed.
By the first half of 2020, the reopening of the one- and two-character names for .lu registration that was prohibited since 2000, mainly due to security issues that could not only cause confusion between names but also allow malicious redirections, should be announced. Since the beginning of the decade, the ban on registering 2-letter domain names has gradually become obsolete, and national authorities, such as the RESTENA Foundation for Luxembourg, are moving towards the reopening of one and two character names.