Czech National Domain Among the Fastest Growing in the EU

Prague, 10 April 2013 – In 2012 the Czech national domain .CZ had nearly 21,000 new registrations per month and surpassed the one million domain mark overall (ccTLD). Continuing interest in new registrations keeps .CZ among the fastest-growing national domains in the EU. Last year also saw an increase in the number of domains supporting the new IPv6 protocol and domains secured with DNSSEC technology. This information was published today by the CZ.NIC Association in its regular Domain Report on https://stats.nic.cz/reports/2012/. This website also presents the latest statistics of the CZ.NIC Association.

“Last year was truly exceptional for our national domain. The largest milestone certainly was the registration of .CZ domain number one million on 19 November. It is also nice to see .CZ among the fastest-growing national domains in the European Union. The year 2013 will be a great challenge for us because of new generic top level domains. It will be very interesting to see how their implementation impacts the domain market,” says CZ.NIC Association Executive Director Ondřej Filip.

In 2012, there were on average 20,981 new domains registered each month, and as of 31 December 2012, a total of 1,010,325 domains were recorded in CZ.NIC statistics. The highest number of new domains were registered in March (29,144), the lowest in December (16,886). The majority of .CZ domain names, over 94,000, are 9 characters long. There are 7 domains using the maximum number of characters allowed in a domain name (63).

The largest group of holders have only one domain (473,876), and the largest number of domains registered to a single holder in the last year was 4,274. In terms of gender, a strong majority of domain holders are males (85.6%). As for holder types, the ratio between organisations (47.3%) and individual users (52.7%) was almost equal in 2012.

Among regions, the largest number of new registrations came from Prague (32.7%) and the lowest once again from the Karlovy Vary Region (1.5%) in 2012.

Most holders located outside the territory of the Czech Republic are from Slovakia, Germany and the USA. While in 2008, DNSSEC security was used by less than a thousand domains, 380,902 were protected with this technology at the end of last year.

Thanks to constant growth, the one million domain milestone was reached in November 2012. A major factor contributing to the dynamic growth in the number of registered domains is the FRED registration system developed by the CZ.NIC Association and deployed in the .CZ domain in 2007.The FRED system is freely available as open source software and is currently also used by domain maintainers in Costa Rica, Angola, Tanzania, Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Albania.