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2017, Year of Consolidation for Domain Name Market, AFNIC Study Suggests

AFNIC, the domain name registry for .fr (France), recently conducted a study of major trends for "Legacy gTLDs" or traditional TLDs such as .biz, .com, info, etc., as well as country code TLDs corresponding to territories such as .de (Germany), .fr (France), and .uk (United Kingdom). The new TLDs have not been included in this study since they are still something of a "new development", but will be included in the future, AFNIC says. From the report:

As shown by AFNIC in the graph below, the pace of creation is less dynamic than that for deletions. "This indicates that all other things being equal, the level of deletions should reach and exceed the level of creations in H1 2017 for the two segments of TLDs. Naturally these are averages: some TLDs were already in this situation in 2014 and others may only be affected by it after 2017. The situation is of concern for market players as it means that overall growth, which has already posted a marked slowdown since 2012, will be close to zero in 2016 and probably negative in 2017, reflecting a decrease in the number of domain names filed (excluding nTLDs)."

Projection of annual creations and deletions per TLD segment (Source: Afnic)

Related topics: Domain Names, New TLDs
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Market forces at work Geoff Goedde  –  Oct 22, 2016 7:57 AM PDT

The obvious reason for a slowdown in registrations is the fact that the world economy is broken and broke.

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