.NL Domain Names reaches 5 Million Milestone

The Dutch registry, the SIDN, announced that .NL reached the 5 million domains

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milestone. They archieved this milestone just a year af ther 25th birthday of the .NL domain and 15 years after the SIDN took over .NL. .NL holds the 3rd position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE and .UK with a little over 15 million domains for .DE and little over 10 million for .UK

Individuals are allowed to register a second-level .nl domain since 2003. As a forerunner, individuals were allowed to register a third-level domain since 2000. Such ‘personal domains’ had the form of john.doe.123.nl. They never became popular, and registration has been suspended since 2006.

SIDN is located in Arnhem and has 1800+ Registrars.

.NL Domain Name Registration History :

  • 1997 10.000 Domain Names
  • 1999 100.000 Domain Names
  • 2004 1.000.000 Domain Names
  • 2006 2.000.000 Domain Names
  • 2008 3.000.000 Domain Names
  • 2010 4.000.000 Domain Names
  • 2012 5.000.000 Domain Names
  • 2014 6.000.000 Dot NL Domain Names ?

For more information visit SIDN.

ICANN 44 Statement from the Registrar Stakeholder Group

The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) would like to provide this statement regarding the current status of RAA negotiations and the update posted on the ICANN website on June 4, 2012.
The RrSG and its representatives on the Negotiating Team (NT) have been actively involved in discussions with ICANN staff and is pleased to see substantive progress reported to the community in advance of the upcoming ICANN meeting in Prague.

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Among the issues that have been agreed to include improved registrar response and

availability to law enforcement, registrar abuse point of contact, publication of registrar information, establishment of an ICANN accreditation for privacy/proxy service as well as many other important issues which have been identified both by law enforcement and the greater community.

As ICANN points out in the documents recently released, several issues remain outstanding including:

 

  • Whois verification/validation
  • Data retention
  • Future RAA amendments process
  • Registrar obligations to support certain technologies which today are optional
  • Port 43 whois access for thick registries

The RrSG fully agrees that several of the open items require input and discussion from the broader community as they contemplate significant changes to the domain name ecosystem as it exists today, and will impact the expansion of the Internet to new users and new regions of the world. We believe the upcoming meeting in Prague will provide an excellent venue for initiating these discussions and the RrSG looks forward to participating in those conversations.

 

More information about the RAA 2012 can be viewed here.

 

The new gTLD list.

The new gTLD list.

This week several companies revealed how many applications they filed, and in some cases revealed more information then just the amount of applications.

Google has applied for 50 gTLD’s across 4 categories.

  • Trademarks, like .google

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  • TLD’s related to Google’s core business, like .docs
  • TLD’s that will improve user experience, such as .youtube, which can increase the ease with which YouTube channels and genres can be identified
  • TLD’s where Google thinks has interesting and creative potential, such as .lol

Directi applied for 31 gTLD’s that will be heavily contested.
.web, .shop, .bank, .law, .music, .news, .blog, .movie, .baby, .store, .doctor, .hotel, .play, .home .site, .website, .click, .online, .one, .ping, .space, .world, .press, .chat, .city, .deals, .insurance .loans, .app, .host, and .hosting.

TLDH applied for 92 TLD’s :

.abogado, .app, .art, .baby, .beauty, .beer, .blog, .book, .casa (Spanish for .home), .cloud, .cooking, .country, .coupon, .cpa, .cricket, .data, .dds, .deals, .design, .dog, .eco, .fashion, .fishing, .fit, .flowers, .free, .garden, .gay, .green, .guide, .home, .horse, .hotel, .immo, .inc, .latino, .law, .lawyer, .llc, .love, .luxe, .pizza, .property, .realestate, .restaurant, .review, .rodeo, .roma, .sale, .school, .science, .site, .soccer, .spa, .store, .style, .surf, .tech, .video, .vip, .vodka, .website, .wedding, .work, .yoga, .zulu, 网址 , 购物

 

The Public Interest Registry (.ORG) applied for .NGO and .ONG.

CloudNames went for .cloud and .global.

Starting Dot announced they applied for .archi, .bio, .design, .immo and .ski.

Based on the current information from ICANN it is expected that a total of 1700+ gTLD’s will be revealed on June 13th.
ICANN expects the first new gTLD’s to launch early 2013.
It’s estimated that ICANN can batch 500 gTLD’s each year.

Delays?
Currently there are a few issues that could delay ICANN’s gTLD time table.
The batching process is still disputed in it’s current setup. In it’s current form, all the gTLD applicants are allowed thru Digital Archery to apply for the first batch. Industry experts argue that contested gTLD’s ( .WEB for example) should not enter the first batch.
The Trademark Clearninghouse has some lose ends, though it is expected to be up and running in October later this year.
Currently no URS provider has been selected by ICANN.

4.9 Million, 10 Million, 15 Million.

On 16 March, Nominet the ccTLD operator for *.uk reported they had over 10 million registrations. The 10th million .uk domain name registered is SwarveMagazine.co.uk. According to whois records the 10th million .uk domain name was registered by Steven Northam.

“We’ve been growing at around the 10% for the past couple of years,” said Nominet’s chief executive, Lesley Cowley.

Yesterday, SIDN the operator for the ccTLD .NL registered more then 4.9 million registrations. .NL is one of the largest ccTLDs in terms of total registrations . SIDN celebrated its three millionth domain name registration in 2008,while its two millionth milestone was reached in 2006. 6 years later, the number of .nl domain names has more than doubled .

Denic hit the 15 million mark yesterday. The 15th million domain name is floristennetzwerk.de. .DE is the world’s largest ccTLD, and the second largest TLD.

Currently 889 gTLD applicants.

According to a post from ICANN there are currently 889 users registered in the TLD Application System (TAS). Each user can apply for 50 TLD’s. 50×889 = 44450. A staggering number that surely will not be met. Industry experts expect around 2000 applications.

Tremendous anticipation, planning, and work drove toward 12 January, 2012, the day ICANN began accepting applications for new gTLDs.

Organizations who choose to apply to operate a top-level domain have merely begun a journey that will most likely carry them into 2013. If you’re curious about the next phases of ICANN’s New gTLD Program, here are highlights of what to expect.

 

In early May, approximately two weeks after the new gTLD application window closes, ICANN will publish a list of the applications and who has applied for which domain name. Until then, ICANN will not comment publicly about any specific application, the total number of applications received, or who has submitted applications.

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