The first .US Cross TLD Comparison has been posted on www.hosterstats.com/us-cctld.php and it shows that .us ccTLD is still quite a vibrant ccTLD. The cross TLD comparison works by checking each domain registered in a TLD against other TLDs. With most ccTLDs, it would be expected that the most common pattern of registration would be that of a ccTLD/.com pair but the .us ccTLD has the .com/.net/ .org/.biz/.info/.us and this suggests a possibility of brand protection registrations and an active domain speculation market.
The top ten country code Top Level Domains have more than 47 Million domains registered as of the end of May 2010. These ccTLDs have 47,430,061 domains registered. The .com TLD had 87,528,607 domains registered as of 01 June 2010. The growth of the ccTLDs has been one of the stealth issues of the last ten years. Most of the media’s attention has been focused on the rise of .com but a very curious pattern has arisen where a new .com registration often has its equivalent in some ccTLD.
Top 10 ccTLD Extensions – End of May 2010
.de (Germany) : 13,692,618
.uk (United Kingdom): 8,533,377
.cn (China): 7,620,043
.nl (Netherlands): 3,920,715
.eu (European Union): 3,214,556
.ru (Russian Federation): 2,842,784
.br (Brazil): 2,107,397
.it (Italy): 1,914,608
.pl (Poland): 1,840,121
These are just the figures for the top ten ccTLDs. There are another nine ccTLDs with more than one million domain names registered. ( HosterStats.com: 2010 gTLD and ccTLD Domain Name Counts ) Fitting these figures in with those of the gTLDs shows how ccTLDs are overtaking some of the gTLDs.
Combined Top Ten gTLDs and ccTLDs – End of May 2010
The gTLD figures are those for 01/June/2010. The ccTLD figures are those listed on the relevant ccTLD registry website.
The way that the ccTLDs have moved the some of the gTLDs down the list may have implications for some of the new gTLDs that have been proposed. The growth in many of the ccTLDs is more sustained and less erratic than that of some of the gTLDs.
16 June 2010
The curtain came down on Canada’s first T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference Thursday evening in Vancouver, BC. The event closed with a live domain auction that netted nearly $700,000 thanks to a pair of blockbuster 7-figure sales. Attendees also watched E.CO sell for 81K on closed circuit TV.
Day Two at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Vancouver conference featured a fireside chat with the father of Canada’s .CA extension, John Demco, and a panel discussion about its future. There was also a .CA domain auction and a panel discussion about the future of domains in general.