New .EU and .ЕЮ Registrations Continue to Grow, But Total Registrations Drop

There were 171,667 new .eu and .ею domain name registrations in the fourth quarter of 2018, but despite this growth, total domains under management decreased from 3,747,879 as of 31 October to 3,684,750 at 31 December according to EURid’s Q4 2018 Progress Report released last week.

Portugal, Norway and Cyprus, as in the third quarter of 2018, were again the countries with the highest growth with 13.2%, 9.1% and 4.9% respectively for the fourth quarter (11.0%, 9.9% and 10.1% respectively for Q3), according to the report [pdf].

Annually, the countries with the top growth to the end of
December were Cyprus (46.0%), Portugal (35.6%) and Romania (34.0%).

Leading the countries with the biggest declines was the
United Kingdom largely if not entirely due to Brexit and eligibility
uncertainty with a 24.1% decline for year and 11.8% for the quarter taking
total registrations for the UK to 240,887, down from 317,286 at the end of December

Another reason for the decline is EURid’s ramped up efforts
towards tackling domain name abuse within .eu, deleting over 36,000 suspended
domain names in October alone.

The top ten countries for .eu registrations were Germany with
989,432 registrations, down 0.6% for the quarter, followed by Netherlands (474,697
and down 5.5%), France (330,323 and down 1.9%), Italy (267,465 and up 1.1%),
Poland (265,571 and up 1.1%), UK (240,887 and down 11.8%), Czech Republic (156,868
and up 0.7%), Austria (153,939 and down 4.8%), Belgium (141,343 and up 0.9%)
and Spain (116,985 and up 1.0%).

The average renewal rate for the 2 top level domains was
77%, up 3% since Q3.

A major development in the fourth quarter was the unveiling
of the 2018 .eu Web Awards winners. Overall, the nomination and voting period
for the 5th iteration of the .eu Web Awards tallied over 130 nominees with more
than 9,500 votes. The finalists attended the gala on 21 November 2018, where
the winners were announced.

Another meaningful development from the quarter was EURid’s
continued participation in CodeWeek. Aiming to make a beneficial impact on
today’s youth, EURid built upon last year’s efforts with even more workshops
and interactive sessions for children to take part in, all in an effort to
teach them the fundamentals of coding and programming.

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