.FR reaches one million registrations

France became a member of the million domain club with its one-millionth .fr registration on January 11th.

Here are the top six country codes based on registrations:

  1. Germany: 11,120,000
  2. China: 6,035,000
  3. United Kingdom: 6,010,000
  4. Netherlands: 2,545,000
  5. Italy: 1,426,000
  6. United States: 1,300,000

According to my calculations, France would be ranked either 10th or 11th overall, depending on where Switzerland and Australia stand currently. These numbers are changing very quickly, with China on a fast pace to take over the number one spot and Russia and India making good progress as well.For more information on country codes (specifically ccTLDs) check out our new Country Codes of the World map.

.AU reaches one million registrations

For Australia, with a population of just over 20 million, reaching one million domain registrations is pretty impressive.
Says Adrian Kinderis, Managing Director of AusRegistry, the organization in charge of the domain, “Small to medium business owners are responsible for the majority of the .au domain name registrations.”

Here’s the press release.

Also, this rate of growth should put Australia into the top 10 list of the most popular ccTLDs in terms of registrations. If not now, probably sometime in 2008.

For more information on ccTLDs, check out our new Country Codes of the World poster.

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.