EURid Gets 5 More Years To Run The .EU Registry

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EURid which has been operating the .EU domain name extension since it was launched,  has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .EU top-level domain for the next five years.

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid.

“The decision comes nine months after we responded to the European Commission call for expression of interest and after ten years of management of this unique top-level domain. At this particular moment, I would like to thank EURid’s staff and all those who have supported us throughout the past decade. Together, we have reached significant milestones and made .eu a label of online trust. We will continue to serve all our stakeholders at the highest possible standards and look forward to making the .eu the domain of all Europeans.”

EURid recently announced that 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013.

EURid is the not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to operate the .eu top-level domain.

The first initiative to establish .eu as a European top-level domain (TLD) was taken in 1999 by the European Council.

Subsequently, EURid was appointed in May 2003 as the operator of the .eu registry. The actual service contract was signed in October 2004. The .eu TLD was added to the root zone of the Internet Domain Name System in May 2005. Technically speaking, .eu has been in existence since then.

.Eu Issues 2nd Quarter Report & Ends Quarter with 3.7 Million Registered Domain Names

Eurid,the company behind .EU extension,released its Q2 2013 progress report tonight.(pdf)

The report shows that .EU registrations increased in 13 of the 28 EU Member States to reach 3.70 million domain names

Bulgaria,Slovenia and Austria saw a growth of more than 5%, however total number of .Eu registrations actually declined in the 2nd quarter despite a renewal rate of 85% .

During Q2 2013, the number of .eu registrations decreased by 18,837 domain names, a net loss of 0.5%, to 3.70 million.

The total number of .eu domain names registered at the end of Q2 represented an increase of 2.8%, or 101 964 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q2 2012.

The number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) in the .eu portfolio at the end of Q2 2013 was 57,910, or 1.6% of all registrations.

The number of IDNs as a percentage of new registrations is at the same level as that of other registries.

By the end of the quarter there were a total of 774 .eu accredited registrars, the top ten registrars accounted for 37% of all .eu registrations.

The national ccTLD market in EU countries increased by 0.8% during Q2 2013, and grew by 4.4% from Q2 2012.

Within the EU, the market for gTLD domain names such as .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz grew by 1.7% during Q2 2013 and by 3.4% from Q2 2012, according to statistics from Zooknic.

In April The EURid Board approved the applications of four new bodies to become EURid members; the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe), the Confederation of European Computer User Associations (CECUA) and the European Multi- channel and Online Trade Association (EMOTA). EURid further strengthened its Strategic Commit- tee with one more member in June: The Europe- an Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).

Eurid also started a new Google Display campaign on May 3rd and will run until July 5th in 13 EU countries: Sweden, Romania, Poland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

To be consistent with the new airport billboards, the campaign slogan is, “The perfect match for your business. Click to secure your .eu domain today!”

The landing page, ambitionhasanaddress.eu, features our new top testimonial, international tennis player, Ms Flavia Pennetta.

Sedo .Eu Domain Auction Ends Thursday 13.Eu Highest Bidded Domain

Sedo.com is holding a domain name auction of some good .EU domain names which ends at Thursday Noon EST.

There are 71 domain names in the auction and of publication all domains are led by 13.Eu which has a high bid of 454 Euro’s with 18 bids.

Other domains with bids include privatversicherung.eu; (private school) seoservices.eu; and flitterwochen.eu (Honeymoon)

The domains in auction have a reserve range of 100-499 Euro’s and include some NNN.eu Domain names like 345.eu and 737.eu and have LLL.Eu domain names like DID.Eu and BMY.Eu; Kxx.Eu.

Other domain names up for auction include; germanwine.eu; Dogtreats.eu.

You can see the entire list including in the .Eu auction by clicking here.

domaindiscount24 Puts .EU Domain Registrations On Sale For 80% Off

domaindiscount24 (dd24) just put one-year .EU domain registrations on sale for the special price of only 0.14 EUR / 0.17 EUR incl. VAT per month in May, which represents a cost saving of 80% off the regular price.

dd24 is the retail customer portal of the Key-Systems GmbH, the second largest registrar for generic domains such as .COM or .NET in Europe and one of the 15 largest worldwide, in relation to the number of managed gTLD domain names (source: webhosting.info).

Websites with a .EU address are ideally suited to address the more than 500 million Europeans from 27 countries on the Internet.

The dd24 offer is valid until May 31, 2013.

EU is the top level domain of the European Union, the supranational organization of 27 countries on the European continent, who work together in economic and political issues.

‘As a European company that completely identifies with the idea of the European community, we are pleased to offer our customers discounted .EU domains, so that they can be virtually represented in Europe’, states Alexander Siffrin, CEO of Key-Systems GmbH.
This offer is only valid for new 1-year registrations, with the second and subsequent years the regular price applies according to the current dd24 price list. Domain transfers and renewals are excluded. Further discounts are not available.

 

.EU Celebrates 7th Birthday & 3.74 Million Registration; 1.84 Million Eu Residents Own One

EURid the registry for the .Eu TLD released a study today ahead of its 7th Birthday.

To  date there are over 3.74 Million .Eu registrations.

Over 1.84 million EU residents have registered at least one .eu domain name, with 25% of those having registered more than one.

“The research also shows that the majority of .eu users are in business, ambitious, tech-savvy and aiming for expansion, which is where the .eu TLD is important in projecting a continent-wide image.”

A valuable asset

Perception of .eu is reinforced by its performance on the IDNX index, which reflects the value attributed by the market to domain names and their related extensions. Since the index’s launch in 2006, .eu has consistently ranked among the big players on the domain name market.

The IDNX index, created by internet entrepreneur and scientist Thies Lindenthal, is published on Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. The index shows the evolution of the relative value of a domain name in different extensions compared with a normalised value of 100 in 2006.

“Our performance on the IDNX index and our consistently high renewal rates of above 80% lead us to believe that since launching seven years ago we have come to be considered a valuable asset to the domain name industry and the European public,” commented Marc Van Wesemael. “We are looking forward to the next years, continuing to consolidate our operations, simplify processes for .eu accredited registrars and add value to our domain name product for .eu users.”

EURid’s research sampled more than 1 000 participants from throughout the European Union. More information on the IDNX index can be found at idnx.com.