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Research and Markets: Web Domain Registration Markets 2009-2011

February 23, 2009; 10:19 AM

DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "MAP Research Forecasts: Domain Registration Markets 2009-2011" report to their offering.

The world's first report on the size, state and future of the global domain registration industry. Research results show that by the end of 2008, the overall industry will have a market value of $3.6 billion (all figures in $US), forecast to increase to $5.3 billion by 2011.

According to the report, whilst the overall market size of the global domain industry is expected to increase over the next three years, growth will be at a slower rate than previous years and a drop in average revenue per domain is forecast. And although growth in global top-level domains (ie .com and .net) will slow, growth in country code top-level domains (ie .au and .uk) is expected to increase in developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China ("BRIC nations").

The research also predicts trends in the domain industry such as consolidation to gain market share; a growing emphasis on bundling services; growth in demand for 'domain parking'; growth of mobile internet and .mobi; and a new internet provider platform, IPv6, dramatically increasing the number of available domain names.

Domain registrars are now becoming 'one-stop-shop' service providers, offering their customers variety of services such as domain registration, domain management, web hosting and domain resale. With the contractions of the top-level market, many of the global domain registrars are diversifying their revenue base by providing a number of related value added services to the provision of domain registration. These additional services are increasingly being bundled with domain registration and include web hosting, domain parking, pay-per-click advertising and selling domain portfolios.

As part of the research, a number of the top 20 global domain registrars were interviewed.

Key points from the Global Domain Industry Report:

  • Registered domains total 185 million, a growth of 20.8% over 2008, expected to reach nearly 297 million by 2011.
  • Overall size of the industry is $3.6 billion (all figures in $US), expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2011.
  • The generic top level domain (gTLD) market has grown 15.1% over 2008 to a value of $1.83 billion.
  • Domain registrars are diversifying into value added services such as web hosting and domain management.
  • Country code top level domains (ccTLDs) will grow by 21% to a value of $1.81 billion in 2008, driven largely by stronger demand in the BRIC nations and Eastern Europe.
  • MAP Research forecasts stronger demand in BRIC nations following increasing internet penetration rate, growing economies and also increasing online advertising market.
  • GoDaddy is ranked number one in the world, with a market share of 27.9% in the gTLD market.

Companies Mentioned:

  • GoDaddy
  • eNom
  • Tucows
  • Network Solutions
  • Melbourne IT
  • 1&1 Interent
  • Moniker Online
  • Directl
  • Key-Systems

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