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Nominet August registration figures show .uk creeping closer to 400,000 total regs

Discussion in '.UK Domain Name Consultations' started by Edwin, Sep 21, 2015.

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  1. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Nominet have released the figures for domain registrations in August 2015 in the last couple of days.
    http://www.nominet.uk/news/reports-statistics/2015-uk-register-statistics

    Headline numbers:
    15,824 .uk registrations in August 2015
    398,718 .uk registrations overall

    Also interesting to see that .uk is growing at pretty much the same pace as .co.uk is shrinking (though the numbers in question are both small, so this may be a coincidence)

    If you project the numbers from the last few months (excluding the blip from the .uk campaign in June/July) very roughly forwards, it looks like there will be between 9,200,000-9,500,000 .co.uk/.org.uk/other 2nd level domains and 1,200,000-1,600,000 .uk domains registered in June 2019 when the 5 year lock-in period ends, and the total number of domains in the UK namespace will be around where it is now.
     
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    Thanks for that Edwin. The real question is of course how many of the .uk domains have been registered by the respective .co.uk owners and are just parked or forward to the .co.uk? It would also be interesting to know how many of the .uk registrations actually resolve to a proper dedicated website, and how many sites (like domainlore) are based on .uk with the .co.uk forwarding to it. (Just rhetorical - not expecting anyone to know!)
     
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    I'd suspect that most (if not all) of the .uk's are paired with the .co.uk.

    Until the public really understand the difference, I'd suggest it's too risky to reg the .uk and leave the .co.uk available for a competitor to pick up.
     
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    I suspect most are caught by members here and not necessarily paired with the co.uk as we are forced into going after both these days but often don't get the pair :)
     
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    I was thinking of the general public registering, but I guess there may well be a good few split pairs in the hands of domainers :)
     
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