Trefis Research Says Verisign & .Com.Net Market Share Is At Risk From ccTLD’s

In an article from Trefis a stock analysis firm on Verisign out today cites ccTLD's not new gTLD's as the biggest threat to Verisign. "For the six months so far into fiscal year 2014, VeriSign reported revenues of approximately $499 million vs. $476 million during a similar period in 2013, indicating a 5% growth in its top line. Comparatively, sales growth from H1’12 to H1’13 was over 10%. The … [Read more...]

Nominet Handles 674 Domain Complaints Down 17%; 55% Result in Domain Transfer

Nominet the company that operates the .co.uk and now the .uk domain name extension (ccTLD)  just released its report for its Dispute Resolution Service in 2013 (DRS). In 2013 Nominet handled 674 complaints down 17% from 2012 although the number of domain names registered increase 2,7% Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, … [Read more...]

1 & 2 Character.GD and .VG Domains Will Be Charged A Higher Registration Fee

The registry for the .GD and .VG ccTLD announced today that beginning on September 2, 2014,  all 1 and 2 character domains under .GD and .VG will be considered as premium domain names and will be charged with a higher domain registration fee. The renewal fee for these domains will remain on standard pricing. Currently registered 1 and 2 character domain names will remain registered to their … [Read more...]

ICANN Responds To Seizure Order of The .IR Registry, saying ccTLD’s Are Not Property

                  A couple of weeks ago we told you that the attorney for the victims of a terrorist attack got a federal court to order the seizure of the .IR domain registry which is the ccTLD for Iran to help satisfy a judgement the victims  held  against the republic of Iran. As first reported by webpronews.com,  (The … [Read more...]

CEO of .In (India) Alleges 40% of ccTLD’s Left Out Of IANA Transition Coordination Group

According to a press release we received today from Dr Govin who is the CEO of the .IN ccTLD Registry which is the ccTLD for India is claiming that about 40% of all ccTLD's are being left out of the IANA Transition Coordination Group as part of ICANN's plan to move away from US oversight. Basically Dr. Govin says that 104 of the 259 ccTLD are not being representative in this process. Balazs … [Read more...]

One Tiny Country Gets Some Exposure from One Large Movie Franchise

The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The population is 56, yes 56. It is safe to say that most have no idea that the Pitcairn Islands have their own country code, and even fewer would know what two letters represent this tiny nation. The country code is .PN. Pitcairn is getting the greatest piece of marketing they could ever hope for with the … [Read more...]

.UK Gets Over 50,000 Registrations On It’s 1st Day

According to itproportal.com,  the new .UK extension has surpassed 50,000 domain registrations in the first 24 hours following its launch. Nominet, the UK domain name registry, expects 10 million domain name registrations and why not? There are over 10 million existing domain holders with a .co.uk or one of the other variations that will have first crack at getting the shorter address and … [Read more...]