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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 8 - 4 mag 2011
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


.it Registry: 2010, the year of the two million  

2010 will be remembered in Italy as the year when the two millionth Italian domain was registered, thus confirming how real-time registration has led to a change in the market for dot it names. The Italian Registry, which is managed by the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the National Research Council in Pisa, saw the number of registrations double in only five years after the first million, which itself had taken 17 years to reach.
The synchronous system was introduced on 28 September 2009 to work alongside and then replace the asynchronous system (which entailed faxing request)s. Since its introduction, the monthly average of new domains has grown form 28,000 to more than 36,000. In fact in December 2010, 442,000 new domains were registered as compared with 339,343 in 2009 (a 30% increase) and 303,757 in 2008 (up nearly 50%).
Non-Italians have also increased their interest in Italian domains - by more than 20%. In the lead are German citizens with 43,099 dot it domain names, 72% more than the 25,102 of 2009. Germany is followed by Luxembourg: 27,614 domains in 2010 (similarly to 2009). In third place is Slovakia with 20,023 new names (about 6,500 more in 2010). The French, in fourth place, increased their number of registrations by almost 50% from 11,666 new domains in 2009 to 17,213 in 2010.
However in terms of the growth rate in registering dot it names, Switzerland is in the lead with an increase of 1,714%, from 561 in 2009 to 10,174 domains in 2010. The Swiss are followed by the Chinese with a 237% rise (from 343 to 1,155 names), the Netherlands (+132%, from 1,745 to 40,430), and in 2010 Denmark doubled the number of names to reach 8715.
Even more evident is the trend for non-Italian Registrars, which almost quadrupled in 2010 (from 20 to 79).
As in previous years the domain market is extremely dynamic, despite the general economic crisis.
2010, as the "year of synchronous", will be remembered as the year that drastically reduced the amount of paper sent to the Italian Registry. In fact, the domains assigned by faxes went down from 257,751 (2009) to 59,236 in 2010.
Faster and more efficient registrations are thus more environmentally friendly. In fact the synchronous system is part of the process of the Italian government's digitization process, which is increasingly aware of environmental issues, energy saving and optimization of resources, in line with the new code of digital administrations and e-gov2012 plan promoted by the Minister Brunetta.
2010 thus closes with a healthy balance sheet, and good prospects are envisaged for next year: the introduction of credit card payments for Registrars as well as the Idn (Internationalized Domain Name), which will allow domain names to be registered with the exact same name as the original person, company or brand (allowing, for example, domains with accented letters), all bode well for further growth in 2011.

Fonte: Domenico Laforenza, Istituto di informatica e telematica, Pisa, tel. 050/3152123, email domenico.laforenza@iit.cnr.it