Industry celebrates 2 million .au domains

Tuesday, 08 March, 2011

Australian investments in the web continue to grow, with the registration of the two millionth .au domain name last night.

This registration cements the .au domain in the top 10 largest country codes around the globe.

According to auDA (.au Domain Administration), the non-profit manager of the .au space, the registration is “a testament to the strength and stability of the namespace and its value to the Australian community”.

Senator Stephen Controy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said: “The internet offers incredible opportunities to businesses, organisations and individuals, and the continued growth of the .au domain shows how much Australians are embracing the online world in almost all aspects of their lives.

“I’m pleased to see more Australians getting an online presence,” he said.

According to Chris Disspain, CEO at auDA, the two millionth .au registration reflects on the country’s domain space self-regulatory model.

“There were only about 275,000 .au domains registered when auDA introduced a new competition model in 2002. Now we are celebrating two million registrations and this wouldn’t have been possible without the policy reforms and marketing activities auDA have implemented, or without the technical and operational expertise AusRegistry has brought to the industry,” Disspain said.

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