According to Verisign, InsideDomaining reports, the Top 3 countries with the highest growth rate for their country code top-level-domain extensions are the following:
1. China: .cn (402% increase)
2. Russia: ru
3. South Korea: .kr
China (.cn) has now become the fifth most popular country code extension globally, as Yahoo! finance points out, this was no doubt helped by an aggressive price cutting promotion this year
The price promotion – which reduced the fee to register a website domain name to approximately 14 cents Cdn for the first year – led to a 402 per cent growth in domain names registered with “.cn” from the previous year.
Korea has also been given a boost by the release of the first level extension, .kr this spring. Until then only second level versions of the domain had been available (most popular being co.kr).
Interestingly there have been no price or regulation changes to Russian domains (.ru) over this period.