DSTI/ICCP/TISP(2004)2/FINAL 
Table 5.  The market share and number of registrations by registrars under major gTLDs, December 2003 
gTLDs Registrars 
Country 
Market 
The number of registered domains under unsponsored gTLDs 
Share 
Total .com  .net  .org  .info  .biz .name 
(%) 
Network Solutions 
United States 
21.19  7 808 502  5 752 174 
894 866 
833 982 
146 104 
181 376 
0 
Tucows  
Canada 10.21  3 761 460  2 785 066 
477 514 
307 268 
103 628 
84 570 
3 414 
(Domain Direct)  
Go Daddy Software  United States 
8.53  3 143 015  2 357 458 
363 298 
238 355 
70 518 
106 534 
6 852 
Register.com United 
States 8.08  2 976 230  2 190 644 
356 819 
241 246 
79 687 
83 469 
24 365 
eNom, Inc. 
United States 
6.98  2 572 139  1 948 358 
292 565 
172 497 
84 706 
72 724 
1 289 
Melbourne IT  
Australia 
5.57  2 051 142  1 519 311 
252 570 
152 633 
52 488 
69 250 
4 890 
BulkRegister.com United 
States 
3.53  1 300 806 
989 558 
147 018 
100 615 
32 896 
29 718 
1 001 
1&1 Internet  
Germany 2.83  1 044 101 
568 695 
184 251 
93 934 
149 255 
47 966 
0 
(Schlund+Partner 
AG) 
DirectNIC.com  
United States 
2.63 
968 098 
742 092 
99 051 
63 112 
39 071 
22 607 
2 165 
(Intercosmos Media) 
Dotster, Inc. 
United States 
2.09 
771 992 
574 269 
94 360 
67 839 
19 330 
14 885 
1 309 
Other Registrars 
  
28.37  10 453 537  7 608 244  1 353 238 
743 698 
386 453 
291 019 
70 885 
Total  
  36 851 022  27 035 869  4 515 550  3 015 179  1 164 136  1 004 118  116 170 
Source
: OECD based on Registries Monthly Reports. 
The registrar market for the new unsponsored gTLDs of 
.info
,
 .biz 
and
 .name
, appears to be even 
more competitive than for the traditional gTLDs. Network Solutions only holds 14% of the market share 
(
Table 6
). 1&1 Internet, Tucows, Register.com and Go Daddy Software have more than 8% of the market 
share. Given that Network Solutions has a significant advantage over other registrars, in terms of having 
the largest existing client base for the traditional gTLDs, the relatively even spread of registrations is a 
significant outcome. 
Table 6.  The registrar market share in new unsponsored gTLDs 
Market 
share 
The number of registered domains under new 
gTLDs Registrars  
Country 
(%) 
gTLDS 
  
  
  
Total 
.info 
.biz 
.name 
Network Solutions 
United States 
14.34 
327 480 
146 104 
181 376 
0 
1&1 Internet (Schlund+Partner AG) 
Germany 
8.63 
197 221 
149 255 
47 966 
0 
Tucows Inc. 
Canada 
8.39 
191 612 
103 628 
84 570 
3 414 
Register.com, Inc. 
United States 
8.21 
187 521 
79 687 
83 469 
24 365 
Go Daddy Software, Inc 
United States 
8.05 
183 904 
70 518 
106 534 
6 852 
eNom, Inc. 
United States 
6.95 
158 719 
84 706 
72 724 
1 289 
Melbourne IT  
Australia 
5.54 
126 628 
52 488 
69 250 
4 890 
CORE Internet Council of Registrars 
Switzerland 
2.90 
66 270 
42 538 
22 858 
874 
DirectNIC.com (Intercosmos Media) 
United States 
2.79 
63 843 
39 071 
22 607 
2 165 
BulkRegister.com 
United States 
2.78 
63 615 
32 896 
29 718 
1 001 
Other Registrars 
  
31.41 
717 611 
363 245 
283 046 
71 320 
Total 
  
  
2 284 424  1 164 136  1 004 118 
116 170 
Source
: OECD, based on Registries Monthly Reports. 
The market share of Network Solutions is worth noting further. Network Solutions was acquired by 
VeriSign in 2000. At that stage, Network Solutions was the sole provider of registry and registrar functions 
for gTLDs such as 
.com
, 
.net
 and 
.org
. In November 2003, VeriSign announced the sale of Network 
Solutions, together with its registrar business to Pivotal Private Equity. Phoenix based Pivotal Private 
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