“I am pleased to see the extent of .eu consumer loyalty. The strong renewal rate for 2011 shows that end-users have a sustained interest in renewing their .eu domain names,” said EURid’s General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael.
.eu registrations grew by 3.0% in Q4 2011 which was the strongest growth since Q1 2010. Registrations increased in 23 of the 27 EU nations and the strongest growth was in Malta (8.6%), Austria (7.2%) and France (6.6%) during the fourth quarter.
.eu completed Q4 2011 with 3.51 million registered .eu domain names, an increase of 5.5% compared with Q4 2010. Annual growth of over 10% was recorded in 11 European Union countries, namely Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Also in the Q4 report:
EURid published a .eu Insights report about website usage patterns which showed that different top-level domains have clearly different profiles. Of the websites assessed, 26.5% were used for business purposes and .eu, with 31.4%, had an above average business usage.
Domain name security
EURid simplified domain name security for .eu accredited registrars with the new .eu DNSSEC Signing Service. This service automatically signs .eu domain names and maintains re-signing and key rollovers, removing much of the complexity and administrative work often associated with implementing the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol.
The full report for Q4 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.