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iGoldRush Blog   May 2010

.CN Loses 39% of Registrations

May 15, 2010 in News

After China’s crackdown on the .cn domain name, registrations have fallen by 39% in the last four months alone, despite the fact that the country re-opened registration after the ban.

Because the cheap registrations had made the ccTLD a popular name for porn and other illegal activities, China cracked down on ownership of the names, requiring all registrants to provide significant documentation in order to keep their .cn domain names. During this time frame, China banned all non-Chinese registrars from selling the domain names. Because of this, many large Registrars ceased offering the extension, contributing to its rapid decline.

Despite the fall, the .cn ccTLD is the 3rd largest ccTLD behind .de (Germany) and .uk (United Kingdom).

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One Response to .CN Loses 39% of Registrations

  1. Not surprised what with the loss of the registrars and other issues.

    Jad just one dot-cn which we had for many years, but what with the comparatively high renewal fee and very low traffic it just wasn’t worth renewing again this year.

    I always wondered why people in China would actually type-in an English word followed by the .cn extension? I believe English use by the public is not nearly as common in China vs Europe and many other nations.

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