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Interesting facts on global registration trends in all TLDs


05.12.2017 16:09

CENTR's DomainWire Global TLD Stat Report (Q3/2017) has been published. The report covers the global status and registration trends in all TLDs, with additional focus on the European ccTLD market.

Highlights from the report:

1. Global market

Global domains under all TLDs have contracted slightly due to declines in several larger new gTLDs. Without these outliers, global growth was 2.5% YOY and combined domains globally are an estimated 311 million.
   
ccTLDs make up around 40.7% of the global TLD market, with the remaining split between legacy gTLDs (52.7%) and new gTLDs (6.6%)
   
Of the top 15 largest TLDs globally, the ccTLD .ca (Canada) had the largest YOY growth at 5.5%
   
Most categories of the new gTLDs have continued to grow, except for some of the more generic-termed TLDs such as .xyz and .top.
   
The 58 geographic TLDs around the world have an average of 11,000 domains under management. Combined growth of this category over the past 12 months was 8% with a median rate of 1.8%. The largest geo-TLDs are .london, .nyc and .tokyo
   
High-growth new gTLDs over the past 12 months include .men, .loan, .stream, .kiwi and .???.

2. European market

Median growth trends amongst European ccTLDs continue to stabilize after a long period of slowdown. Several larger ccTLDs (+1M registrations) have also seen increasing growth trends over the past year. Some of the stabilization and turn-around in growth might be attributable to decreases in average deletion rates.
   
High-growth ccTLDs in the region over the past year include .se (Sweden), .pt (Portugal) and .al (Albania); of the larger ccTLDs, most have a growth rate of around 2%
   
ccTLDs make up an estimated 58% of the European market (against locally-registered gTLDs). New gTLDs make only 2% of the European market (far lower than the global proportions).
 

.ie: Change of the applicant classes and policy liberalization


05.12.2017 16:05

As we informed, the following changes apply to .ie (Ireland) domain names: The extension X-IE-DOMAIN-CATEGORY has become obsolete and the extension X-IE-OWNER-REMARKS has been added as an optional parameter.

Now we would like to inform you about further updates regarding .ie domains:

1. The values for the parameter X-IE-APPLICANT-CLASS will change on January 9, 2018 (10:00 UTC).

The following classes will apply:

    Company
    Business Owner
    Club/Band/Local Group
    School/College
    State Agency
    Charity
    Blogger/Other

The existing classes will be mapped to the new classes for API commands and forms:

OLD CLASS => NEW CLASS:
Body Corporate (Ltd, PLC, Company) => Company
Sole Trader => Business Owner
Unincorporated Association => Club/Band/Local Group
School/Educational Institution => School/College
Statutory Body => State Agency
Constitutional Body => State Agency
Discretionary Applicant => Blogger/Other
Natural Person => Blogger/Other


2. In addition, the rules for registering .ie domain names will be changed in March 2018.

The need to explain in a separate form why a registrant want a particular name (also called "claim to the name") when registering .ie domain name will be removed. Anyone with a real connection to Ireland will be able to register any available .ie domain they want.

In the meantime, it is important that registrants protect their brand and register any available names they need before the rules change. The only way to ensure that no one registers a domain they want or need is to register it themselves. More information about the planned policy liberalization for .ie domains can be found here. (https://www.iedr.ie/liberalisation/)

Important changes for .sk domain names


31.08.2017 22:04

Please note that the Slovak registry SK-NIC has released new registration policies for .sk domains which will take effect on September 1, 2017.

There will be a maintenance for .sk from August 31 (20:00 UTC) until September 4 (06:00 UTC) during which no new registrations, renewals or other actions will be possible.

The following changes apply as of September 4 (06:00 UTC):




  • Registration of .sk domains will not be limited to Slovak entities anymore. Registrants from EU, EEC or EEA are eligible to register.

  • Fully automated registration process without any documents.

  • Domains whose registrants fulfill the new local presence requirements and have used the trustee service so far will be automatically switched to the contact address of the real domain owner.



The implementation of further changes is still in progress such as:




  • Domain registrations possible up to 10 years

  • Domain transfer without transfer fee. However, the domain will be renewed for one year upon transfer.



We will inform you as soon as the release date for these updates is available.




.radio applications possible as of now


31.08.2017 17:15

We are now accepting your binding applications for .radio domain names.



Launch time-table:
The following eight launch categories are running simultaneously. The allocation will happen at the end of the timeframe according to the hierarchy of priority status of each category. The priority is descending from Sunrise to Landrush. Statement of intended use for the domain name is required in all phases/categories.
Sunrise: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file.
Unions of broadcasters: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for International Alliances of radio and/or television companies.
Broadcast radios: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for Official Radio Operators.
Internet radio: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for Internet Radio Operators.
Amateurs: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for Radio Amateurs using a license to operate in the radio frequency spectrum.
Professionals: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for currently active Radio professionals.
Related companies: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC). Only for companies of any kind producing goods or developing activities or services for the .radio community.
Landrush: From August 23 (00:00 UTC) until October 31, 2017 (00:00 UTC).

General Availability: As of November 15, 2017 (00:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.



PLEASE NOTE: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise or the other parallel categories respectively before begin of General Availability.




Automated registration of .sc premium domains


16.08.2017 12:12

The .sc registry announced the release of automated premium registrations for 1- and 2-character and former registry reserved .sc domain names on September 1, 2017 (15:00 UTC). .sc ist the country-code top level domain of Seychelles.

If you are interested in the list of available domains, please contact our support team.


Launch of .sb 1- and 2-character premium domains


16.08.2017 12:11

Please note that the .sb registry has recently introduced 1- and 2-character premium domains.

This concerns:

- all 1- and 2-character numeric domains
- all 1- and 2-character letter domains
- all mixed numeric and letter 1- and 2-character domains

These domains are now handled as premium domains in our system.

Launch of .tel premium domain names


02.08.2017 16:39


Please note that the .tel registry has recently introduced premium domains in seven premium tiers. This concerns:

- all 3-character numeric domains
- all 3-character letter domains
- all 4-character numeric domains
- all 4-character letter domains
- and a limited number of mixed numeric and letter 3 / 4-character domains

These domains are now handled as premium domains in our system.

The renewal fee for .tel premium domains will be lower than the premium registration price but higher than the regular .tel price scale. The exact renewal fee can be retrieved via our Support Staff. This also applies for legacy domains.


.boston applications possible as of now


02.08.2017 16:14

We are now accepting your binding applications for .boston domain names.

Launch time-table:

Sunrise: From August 1 (16:00 UTC) until August 31, 2017 (16:00 UTC UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. First-come, first-served.
General Availability (GA): As of October 10, 2017 (16:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

Please note: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise respectively before begin of General Availability.

[COMMAND]
command = AddDomainApplication
class = BOSTON-SUNRISE | BOSTON-GOLIVE
domain = example.boston
period = 1
ownercontact0 = [CONTACT]
admincontact0 = [CONTACT]
techcontact0 = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0 = [CONTACT]
nameserver0 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]
nameserver1 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]

FOR SUNRISE:
smdfile0 = [Line 1 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile1 = [Line 2 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile2 = [Line 3 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile3 = [Line 4 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
...
OR
trademark = [Your token] - REQUIRED



.basketball Sunrise is open!


02.08.2017 16:06

We are now accepting your binding applications for .basketball domain names. .basketball is the official TLD of the FIBA, the International Basketball Federation.

Launch time-table:

Sunrise: Until August 21, 2017 (23:59 UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. Multiple applications for the same domain will be resolved by auction. Sunrise is followed by the Invitation Priority Access Period in which we do not participate.
Landrush: From October 23, 2017 (14:00 UTC) until December 22, 2017 (23:59 UTC). Community token required. Tokens will be issued by the FIBA, through the National Federations and other community-based administrative entities. Multiple applications for the same domain will be resolved by auction. Landrush is followed by the 1-year(!) General Community Priority Period in which we do not participate.
Early Access Program (EAP): From January 8, 2019 (14:00 UTC) until January 15, 2019 (13:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
General Availability (GA): As of January 15, 2019 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

Please note: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise / Landrush / the individual EAP day respectively before begin of General Availability.

[COMMAND]
command = AddDomainApplication
class = BASKETBALL-SUNRISE | BASKETBALL-LANDRUSH | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-1 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-2 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-3 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-4 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-5 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-6 | BASKETBALL-EAP-DAY-7 | BASKETBALL-GOLIVE
domain = example.basketball
period = 1-10
ownercontact0 = [CONTACT]
admincontact0 = [CONTACT]
techcontact0 = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0 = [CONTACT]
nameserver0 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]
nameserver1 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]

FOR SUNRISE:
smdfile0 = [Line 1 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile1 = [Line 2 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile2 = [Line 3 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile3 = [Line 4 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
...
OR
trademark = [Your token] - REQUIRED



FOR LANDRUSH
auth = [token] - The community token can be transmitted via authcode - REQUIRED


Shortnews on .fi, .tube, .storage


17.07.2017 12:36


Check of lawfulness of .fi domains:

Please advise your .fi registrants that they should consult registers before the domain registration in order to check whether the .fi domain name they are about to register is a protected name or trademark owned by another party in Finland or the EU. Consulting the registers is simple and free of charge. You can find links to all registers here: https://www.viestintavirasto.fi/en/fidomain/howtogetanfi-domainname/lawfuldomainnames.html

Reserved names release & tiered price change for .tube:

On September 26, 2017 (00:00 UTC), the .tube registry will release thousands of previously reserved names on a first-come, first-served basis at premium or standard pricing. Moreover, changes to the tiered pricing options will be made: The price of thousands of .tube premium domains will be lowered by moving them into lower tiers and many names previously in tiers will be released into standard pricing.

.storage Golive postponed and change of backend:

Please note that the Golive of the TLD planned for July did not take place. The reason is the change of the backend operator from Afilias to CentralNic and a re-organization of the launch. The General Availability for .storage domains is expected to start on December 5, 2017. Further details will follow.