February TLD Round-up

Here is our latest overview of news from the domain name universe

Individuals Take Advantage of Ability To Register .NO Domains

The number second level .no domain names registered to individuals passed 25,000 at the end of January. Previously individuals could only register .priv.no domains and despite a relaunch in 2011, registrations for individuals barely exceeded 5,000.

Swiss Registry No Longer Registrar For .CH Domains

The SWITCH Foundation stopped selling .ch domain names on 1 January 2015 and is successively handing over client support to registrars. SWITCH will be asking its clients to gradually transfer their .ch domain names to a registrar of their choice. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch registry and on ensuring that the Swiss internet remains secure and stable.

.NZ Passes 600,000 Registrations

New Zealand's country code, .nz, passed the 600,000 mark in late January. While not in the millions of registrations like some, it is still an impressive figure for the ccTLD given New Zealand's population is 4.4 million. The .nz ccTLD introduced second level registrations in 2014.

New CEO Commences With Nominet

Russell Haworth joined Nominet in January as its CEO replacing the much respected and long term holder of the position Lesley Cowley. Haworth will lead the organisation as it continues to develop its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies and plays its part in ensuring the internet fulfils its potential as a force for good.