The Dutch registry, the SIDN, announced that .NL reached the 5 million domains
5 Million DOT NL
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.
According to a Verisign press release, the Internet has grown to nearly 220 Million domain names in third quarter of 2011. This total number boils down to an accumulate growth over the first three quarters of 2010 of over 7 percent. The year-over-year growth was a 5.9 percent for new registrations of the VeriSign generic TLD’s .COM and .NET. The press release also covers the new generic TLDs and refers to the latest domain brief highlights.
Key performance indicators
The Domain name industry briefs are, in my opinion, in general interesting and keep you in the loop with the domain name industries development. Verisign reviews the state of the domain name industry through a variety of statistical and analytical research. As a provider of digital infrastructure for the Internet, VeriSign provides this briefing to highlight to industry analysts, media, and businesses important trends in domain name registration, including key performance indicators and growth opportunities. However, you must always take in account that these documents are written from VeriSign’s perspective.
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