Published December 6, 2010
It's been a busy year in the domain industry and Germany and Switzerland have announced major milestones that will help to close the year on an even more positive note.
DENIC, the central registry for domains under Germany's Top Level Domain .de, surpassed 14 million registrations in late November, and has furthercemented its position as the largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) worldwide. Registration of .de names are growing at the rate of one million per year and one in six German residents have already registered a .de domain.
Switch.ch, the domain registry for Switzerland, has reported a total of 1.5 million web addresses with the extension .ch are now registered in the country. With 1.5 million .ch addresses for just under 7.8 million citizens, Switzerland has one of the highest registration ratios anywhere in the world.
Switzerland's first three domain names, cern.ch, eth.ch and switch.ch, were registered almost a quarter of a century ago . The number of .ch addresses passed the million mark in 2007.
Last week, Verisign reported the third quarter of this year ended with over 201.8 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.8 million names over the second quarter.
Closer to home, according to the .au registry operator, auDA, the number of Australian domain names registered currently stands at 1,916,060; the equivalent of one domain name for every 12 Australians.
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