One million .CN registrations in just one month

That’s right. According to the latest stats from China’s registry, roughly one million .cn domains were registered between September 1 and October 1.

That brings the grand total to 7.1 million .cn domains that have been registered thus far, and counting.

As country code (ccTLD) registrations go, Germany is number one, with 11.1 million .de registrations. China is number two, but not for much longer. I had conservatively estimated that China would surpass Germany by 2010.

But now it looks like China will be number one in 2008.

What explains this sudden explosion in domain name registrations? A lot of factors have come into play — from foreign companies launching local Web sites (and protecting brand names) to the fact that .cn registration fees were recently made more affordable to small businesses and individuals within China.

If you want a list of the top 10 ccTLDs, check out our brand new Country Codes of the World map.

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.

1 thought on “One million .CN registrations in just one month”

  1. Hi John,

    thanks for the update on the development in China. I am an eager reader of your blog and wanted to stop lurking and to start contributing.

    Captured brand names can become a serious problem. I have identfied Gerry Webber (a German fashion brand) as a case. If they wanted to expand into the Chinese market they will find the URL already occupied by some Singapore company.

    With the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names the problem might get worse. Companies have to patrol ever more domains … You already identified Campbell soups as a brand which uses localized brand names, e.g. Russian.

    Kind regards from Germany, Brian.

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