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Afilias Releases .INFO Domain 2010 Annual Report

.INFO remains the most successful new TLD ever launched

DUBLIN, IRELAND - 7 December 2010- Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and registry for the .INFO top-level domain (TLD), has released its 2010 .INFO annual report which recaps .INFO’s growth in 2010. .INFO maintains its position as the number one new TLD ever launched and is the seventh largest TLD on the Internet today with nearly 6.8 million domain names.

“.INFO now represents 44 percent of the registration market for new TLDs and is more than double the size of any other new TLD ever launched,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “.INFO’s success provides many lessons applicable to the launches of new TLDs to come.  Afilias has been able to use our experiences with .INFO as a foundation for supporting the successful approval, launch and growth of more new TLDs than any other registry services provider.”

Key findings in the 2010 INFO annual report include:

  • In 2010, .INFO saw a significant increase in domain names under management, growing nearly 30 percent from 2009 to over 6.8 million domain names registered.
  • .INFO domains are now available at more than 360 registrars, representing more than 90 percent of the worldwide domain marketplace.
  • The top regions for registrations continue to be North America (58 percent) and Europe (27 percent), but the Asia Pacific region is also gaining share of .INFO, and is currently home to 12 percent of .INFO registrations. 
  • Over 70 percent of .INFO registrations resolve to active websites-- that’s nearly 5 million .INFO websites worldwide.  The report also shows some of the best sites of 2010.

 “The growth of active sites coupled with continued growth in domain registrations portends a positive future for .INFO in 2011, when .INFO will cross the significant milestone of its tenth year of being available on the Internet,” added LaPlante.

In addition to statistics on the status of .INFO, the report also addresses important news and initiatives that .INFO has undertaken over the last year. Chief among these are Afilias’ continuing efforts to enhance security and safety within the .INFO domain. In addition to deploying DNSSEC at the TLD zone level, Afilias’ has initiated security actions resulting in .INFO having some of the lowest phishing up-times among generic TLDs.

About .INFO
.INFO was the first generic, unrestricted TLD to be launched since .com and is the most successful new TLD launched in over 25 years. Registrations in .INFO first became available in 2001. Since then, .INFO has grown to become the fourth largest gTLD in the world with over 6 million domain names registered. .INFO Domains are currently available in ten Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) scripts. For more information on .INFO please visit www.info.info.

About Afilias

Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit www.afilias.info.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010