“These healthy .eu growth figures show that particularly the newer EU countries have embraced .eu,” said Marc Van Wesemael, EURid’s General Manager. “Q3 2011 was a strong quarter with the highest rate of new .eu registrations over an equivalent period for five years.”
Mr Van Wesemael also noted that considering the Euro crisis and current economic situation, .eu’s growth clearly demonstrates that the European image is still positive among businesses, who are the largest category of .eu domain name holders.
Bulgaria recorded the most growth, with an 18% increase of .eu registrations compared with Q2 2011, followed by Lithuania (13%) and Romania (12%). Registration rates increased in 20 other EU Member States as well. .eu completed Q3 2011 with 3.41 million registered .eu domain names, an increase of 5.2% compared with Q3 2010.
The third quarter also saw EURid perform a business continuity exercise to assess the .eu registry’s disaster recovery response. The .eu registration systems were transferred to .eu’s backup data centre, successfully testing the robustness of the .eu infrastructure.
EURid’s full report for Q3 2011 is available for download at: http://link.eurid.eu/
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About .eu and EURid
The .eu domain ranks among the ten largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than three million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity, including Bridgestone, Century 21, Hyundai, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation and the UniCredit Group.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to operate the .eu top-level domain. EURid works with around 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at http://www.eurid.eu.