Published March 8, 2011
.au Domain Administration (auDA) and AusRegistry is celebrating Australia's two millionth .au domain name registration, which occurred yesterday.
The .auDA says the the milestone places .au in the top 10 largest country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD's) in the world. The number of .au registrations has grown from 275,000 in 2002, the year auDA introduced a new competition model, to now over 2 million in 2011.
According to AusRegistry CEO, Adrian Kinderis, the .au extension has the highest global penetration rate for regulated namespaces with restricted eligibility when Australia's population of 23 million is taken into account.
Unlike generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that can be registered by anyone, regardless of the country they are in; to register a .com.au or any other .au extension, registrants must be able to meet stringent eligibility criteria that help to maintain the integrity of the space. auDA Board Chair, The Hon Tony Staley, said .au is a "trusted, well-recognised space for all Australian businesses, organisations and individuals."
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy stated the milestone "shows how much Australians are embracing the online world in almost all aspects of their lives."
.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the non-profit company that oversees the operation of .au space under an industry self-regulatory model. In 1999 auDA was formed to manage the name space and gained Australian Government endorsement in December 2000. AusRegistry is the current Registry Operator and wholesale provider for all commercial and non-commercial .au domain names.
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