EU registrars corner .eu registration market
Brussels, 20 September 2011 – An overwhelming 84% of .eu domain names are registered by registrars based in the European Union, according to analysis done by the .eu registry, EURid.
66% of holders register their .eu domain names with a registrar based in the same EU country, while 18% register their .eu domain names with a registrar based in another EU country. This trend is seen for the second year running and is consistent with EURid’s 2010 research.
“We believe most people prefer to use a local .eu accredited registrar because if they ever need support they can get it in their language,” says Marc Van Wesemael, EURid’s General Manager. “A local registrar will also operate in the same time zone, which is another advantage.”
.eu holders in Germany, Lithuania and Poland are most likely to use a local registrar. Whereas, holders in the United Kingdom are most likely to use a non-EU registrar.
The domain name industry is global, so .eu accredited registrars can be located anywhere. Many US-based registrars have subsidiaries in Europe.
.eu registrations according to registrar location in the six most populated EU countries.
In 15 of the 27 EU Member States, local .eu registrations account for more than 90% of .eu registrar business.
In some cases, a clear cross-border registration trend exists. Many United Kingdom domain name holders register their .eu domain names with US and Canadian registrars and many registrants in Austria, France, the Netherlands and the UK use German registrars for their .eu domain names.
The report summarising 2011’s .eu registration trends among registrars is available at: http://www.eurid.eu/files/registrations_distributed_among_registrars_2011.pdf.
Additional statistics about .eu accredited registrars are available in EURid’s Q2 2011 progress report at: http://link.eurid.eu/reports.
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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 over 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.