150 .uk domain names added every hour, says Nominet
Published : Fri, 19 Aug 2005 13:05
By : Andrew Stead
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LONDON: As many as 150 domain names with .uk extensions are created every hour, indicating that the domain name business in the country is thriving, a study by Nominet, which manages the .uk domain
The study also indicated that nearly half the web users queried said they were more confident in dealing online with companies which have a U.K. presence.
There is a total of four million .uk web addresses, with 110,000 added every month.
Nominet’s chief executive Lesley Cowley said the U.K. internet industry is experiencing substantial growth and the combination of greater broadband take-up and the established popularity of .uk domain
names demonstrates that the U.K. internet industry is more buoyant than ever.
There is, however, no let-up in the popularity of .com extension, which constitutes majority of web addresses. Verisign, which manages the .com domain registration, said .com constituted 47 per cent of all registered domain names.
It said the total number of .com and .net domain names grew to 44.2 million by the end of the second quarter of 2005. Collectively, country-specific extensions like .de, .uk and .br accounted for 35 per cent of all domain names. As much as 75 per cent of all domain names were registered by businesses and 22 per cent by individuals.
According to a study by the Office of National Statistics, 52 per cent of British homes had access to the internet from home by the end of 2004. Nearly 30 per cent of all net users — about 8.1 million — had broadband connectivity.