The development of number of fi-domains in 2015

Published 16.10.2015

During the first half of 2015, more than 28,000 new .fi domain names were granted. More than 6,000 new generic top-level domains have been already registered in Finland.

Valid .fi domain names

At the end of June 2015, there were more than 363,000 valid .fi domain names. The number of valid domain names increased by 2 per cent from the end of last year. During the first half of 2015, a total of 28,351 new .fi domain names were granted. The figure is some 5,000 higher than during the latter half of the previous year.

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In 2015, 265 new generic top-level domains (new gTLD) have been activated globally by the end of September. In total, 744 new gTLDs have been activated since 2013, with the number of domain names registered under them being more than seven million.

By the beginning of September, 6,383 domain names had been registered under the new gTLDs in Finland. The most popular gTLDs in Finland have been .club and .xyz.

Changes to be expected in the international administration of domain names

In 2015, there has been active global discussion over domain names. With regard to the administration of domain names, the aim has been to find a solution for the technical top-level administration of the domain name system (DNS) which would satisfy the entire international internet community and the US Department of Commerce (DoC). Currently, the administration is carried out by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and, in particularly, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) underneath it.

For historical reasons, the US administration’s part in the control of IANA has differed from other countries, including their right to veto technical changes made by IANA in DNS data, which has caused significant irritation among governments that take up a critical attitude towards the United States. Partly as a result of this criticism, DoC announced, in 2014, its intention to abandon its special position, provided that its strict requirements for a similar control model are fulfilled.

In 2014–2015, an extensive multi-field team was formed within the ICANN community to prepare a proposal for the new operating and control model for IANA. The purpose was to complete the model by the end of September 2015 but establishing extensive consensus took longer than originally expected. Therefore and regardless of the good progress made by the team, DoC provided the team with a one-year extension in 2015 to prepare a proposal which would satisfy the entire internet community internationally.

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 3/2015.

Key words: Internet , Domain names , Reviews , Statistics

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