The development of fi-domain names in 2015

The year 2015 was an eventful one with regard to domain names, both internationally and in Finland.

The adoption of new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs) continued actively and, by the end of the year, more than 11 million domains were using the new gTLDs. Of these, some 7,000 domains were registered in Finland. The most popular new gTLD in Finland was .club.

Debate over the administration of the internet and, in particular, the position of IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) continued to be lively throughout the year. According to a previous statement from the US Department of Commerce, the supervision of IANA is to be reassigned from the US Government to a party accepted by the internet community. However, this party cannot be an organisation under the control of any individual state or states. In order to meet these conditions, the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group hosted by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was established to coordinate the work to plan a new administrative model. The work was divided between several subgroups and, according to the original plan, the proposal for a new administrative model was to be ready during 2015. Because of the diversity of the internet community, the completion of the proposal was, however, postponed far into 2016.

Starting from 5 September 2016, a new operating model will be applied to fi-domain names to clarify the roles of FICORA and domain registrars. In the future, it will only be possible to acquire fi-domain names and all associated services from domain registrars.

FICORA continues to guarantee the high quality of fi-domain activities by supervising registrars. The planning of and preparation for the new operating method to be adopted from 5 September 2016 continued throughout the year.

In 2015, the number of valid fi-domain names continued to grow steadily, as in previous years. A total of 379,000 fi-domain names were active in December 2015. This figure was 6 per cent higher than the year before.

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Figure: Valid fi-domain names

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 1/2016.

Key words: Internet , Domain names , Articles , Reviews , Statistics

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