Eurid just released their Q4 results of 2011.
.EU has matured as an extension. This was demonstrated by .eu consumer loyalty,shown in the robust and stable registration renewal rate.In 2011, 81.6% of .eu domain names were renewed which was consistent with 2010’s renewal rate (81.7%) and above the industry average.
Eurid 2011 Highlights.
- In 2011 Eurid reached a total registrations of 3.51 million .EU domain names.
- DNSSEC rollout started
- Website usage research. This study revealed that 31.4% of the .EU websites are being used for business usuage. Full report here.
- Eurid closed the case on sex.eu
During Q4 2011, the number of .eu registrations increased by 100 802 domain names, or 3.0%, to 3.51 million. The total number ofregistrations at the end of Q4 represented an increase of 5.5%, or 182 275 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q4 2010.
IDN registrations reached a total of 67074 registrations wich is about the same as with other ccTLD registries that offer IDN according to Eurid.
Deletions : During Q4 2011, there were 166 309 deletions.
Domain disputes. Eurid offers an alternative dispute system (ADR) and received 12 cases in Q4, wich is the same amount as in Q3 2011. This trend is comparable with the amount of cases that WIPO received.
For more info about the Q4 2011 results download the PDF here.
Afnic has published their IDN specifications last Friday. This is the last step before the sunrise period with the ‘grandfathering’ rule that starts the third of May. This move will extend the number of characters which can used to create a domain name to 67, versus the 37 now. The new IDN rules apply to all the extensions under control of Afnic (.fr, .re, .tf, .wf, .pm and .yt).
The entity filing an IDN must hold an ASCII-equivalent domain name for the transaction to be accepted. However, if the ASCII equivalent has not yet been filed, it will be possible for the holder to create it at any time, even during the sunrise period.
You can only apply for a IDN in the extension you already have. For example, the holder of cafe.fr can apply for café.fr and won’t be eligible for café.re or any other extension under control of Afnic.
The implementation of IDN domain names will follow the IDNA2008 standard. The biggest differences between IDNA2008 and IDNA2003 is the way the German Eszett (ß) will be handled and the face that nameprep step or canonicalization has been removed in IDNA2008.
The opening schedule is as follows (the exact times will be announced later):
• 3 May 2012: Launch of the IDN sunrise period with the “Grandfathering” rule.
• 3 July 2012: Opening with IDN attribution according to the “first come, first served” rule.
Futher information about Afnic opening up to IDN can be found here