The Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ published its 11th annual report Russian Domain Space 2019: Outcomes and Development Prospects. The report shows last year’s key and most exciting events in the Russian and global domain industry and lays out full and detailed information on the domain market development.
So, how did the 2019 domain market fare? The overall global domain space grew by about 4 percent; there were 362.3 million registered domain names as of December 31 of last year. The two biggest top-level domains .COM and .NET had over half of the growth, which is certainly a great success for their registry Verisign. Overall, these two general top-level domains added 5.9 million registrations over last year, an increase of 3.9 percent, the same growth as the entire domain space.
Top level country code domains also grew in 2019 by 3.3 million names (2.1 percent). Russian ccTLDs retained their positions in the rankings. Thus, over 1.5 million new domains were registered in .RU which maintained its standing in the global rankings as number five among all ccTLDs.
The key event of 2019 for Russian users was the 25th anniversary of the .RU ccTLD and Runet as a whole. Over 50,000 people joined in anniversary events across the country. The Coordination Center for TLD .RU/РФ initiated the release of an anniversary postage stamp dedicated to the .RU domain. A cancellation ceremony was held at the 10th Russian Internet Governance Forum. The film Internet For All commissioned by the Coordination Center was released which was premièred in Moscow and in the regions. The film has already been seen by over 5,000 people, and from April 7, 2020, anyone can watch it on the Coordination Center’s official video channels.
Russian Domains and Netoscope materials, as well as foreign sources, were used in preparing the report.