A few comments are still lingering about suggesting that ICANN has not shown significant demand or quantifiable benefits for New gTLDs through its economic studies. Though I will not argue the content of the many economic reports or the legitimacy of the models used to demonstrate demand or a lack thereof for New gTLDs, I would venture to say that a few examples — .UK taking over .ORG as the fourth largest TLD, .AU and .CA enjoying a 20 percent plus growth, .РФ (.RF – IDN ccTLD for Russia) registration explosion upon launch, and .CO easily crossing the 600k registration mark in its first year of operations — are all fine examples that the domain industry is healthy and is indeed ready for new gTLDs.
Yesterday, VeriSign released its 2011 first quarter domain report. According to the report the total domain count across all TLDs had crossed 209 million. The first quarter of 2011 saw an increase of 4.5 million domains, 3.3 million of those registrations belong to .NET/.COM (the reports lists 8.3 million which appears to be a typo.) According to the report, the entire domain industry saw a 7.9% increase in domain registrations in the past year.
JPRS (Japan Registry Services Co., ltd) also released its report for 2010 (showing a gain of around 58,000 names, a 5% increase from Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2011). This is on par with the aggregate growth for all ccTLDs in the last year as stated in the VeriSign report. Australia (.AU) and Canada (.CA) experienced 20% growth year over year. The ccTLD for the United Kingdom (.UK) moved up as the fourth largest TLD after .COM .DE (Germany) and .NET. China continues to drop down the list and now sits as the ninth largest TLD in the world (fifth among top ccTLDs.)
Here are the top ten TLD TLDs according to Verisign’s Domain Industry Brief.
|1. COM (Verisign)||6. INFO (Afilias)|
|2. NET (Verisign)||7. NL (Netherlands – SIDN)|
|3. DE (Germany – DENIC)||8. EU (European Union – EURID)|
|4. UK (United Kingdom – Nominet)||9. CN (China – CNNIC)|
|5. ORG (PIR – Afilias)||10. RU (Russian Federation – RU-CENTER)|
The total number of ccTLDs grew to approximately 81.7 million names (increase of 1.6 million names over the previous quarter). The top ten ccTLDs are:
|1. DE (Germany)||6. RU (Russian Federation)|
|2. UK (United Kingdom)||7. BR (Brazil)|
|3. NL (Netherlands)||8. AR (Argentina)|
|4. EU (European Union)||9. IT (Italy)|
|5. CN (China)||10. PL (Poland)|