Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Global Domain Industry Is Expected To Increase To $5.3 billion by 2011

MAP Research's 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,'' said Marco Marcou, MAP Research Director.

``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,'' he added.

``These additional services are increasingly being bundled with domain registration and include web hosting, domain parking, pay-per-click advertising and selling domain portfolios,'' said Marcou.

More at:http://www.mapresearch.com.au/

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