Steady demand for .ie namespace

28 Jul 2010

A total of 9,448 .ie domains were registered between April and June this year, the best performing second quarter for .ie domain registrations in Ireland since records began, according to the IE Domain Registry.

Registration figures for the first half of 2010 show there were 19,099 .ie domains registered in the period January to June this year, bringing the total number of .ie domains at the end of June to almost 146,000.

March and April were the strongest performing months of the year to date, with registrations totalling 3,686 and 3,262 respectively, representing increases of 2.2pc and 6.6pc on the same months in the previous year. March accounts for the highest number of registrations recorded in a single month during the past 12 months.

The figures point to steady demand for the .ie namespace from Irish sole traders and limited companies, which account for 82pc of all registrations.

“It’s clear from the registration figures for the first six months of this year that demand for the .ie namespace continues to grow, as evidenced by a particularly strong performance in March and April. To report a 1.1pc year-on-year increase in Q2 registrations is especially encouraging at a time when conditions remain testing for Irish businesses, specifically SMEs,” said David Curtin, chief executive of the IE Domain Registry.

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