Registrations of .IE domain names continue to grow relatively strongly, albeit from a small base, with total registrations increasing 13 per cent in 2011 to 173,145 according to the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) 2011 Annual Report.
39,398 of these domains were registered during 2011, an increase of 7.7 per cent on 2010 when 36,587 new .IE domains were registered.
The .IE ccTLD is also increasing its market share within Ireland, accounting for 42.8 per cent of all registrations within the Republic in 2011, up from 41.5 per cent in 2011.
In Ireland there is one domain name for every 27 people, the same as in France, while there is one domain for every 25 people in Italy. However the numbers compare unfavourably to across the Irish Sea in the United Kingdom where there is one .UK domain name for every six people.
Looking to 2012, IEDR note that new registration growth in the first half of 2012 is down by 14 per cent compared to the same period in 2011. This reflects a European-wide slowdown and ongoing difficult trading conditions in the Irish economy, in particular for the SME retail community.
“The past year has been an extremely difficult one for the Irish economy so we are particularly pleased to have been in a position to grow registrations, provide new promotional resources and formalise policy development programmes, while generating operating profit for the Registry,” said David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IEDR. “This has further strengthened our balance sheet and will enable us to increase investment in the .IE domain by providing new services and DNS infrastructural improvements that will deliver even greater security, stability and resilience for the .IE namespace.”