DSTI/ICCP/TISP(2004)2/FINAL 
There was a decrease of around 3.3 million decrease in the number of registrations for 
.com, .net
and 
.org 
in the first half of 2002 
(Table 9)
. The number of 
.com
 registrations during this period was 
especially hard hit, recording a reduction of nearly 2.2 million registrations. Several possible explanations 
exist. The most optimistic scenario would be that users who could not ascertain their preference under one 
of the original gTLDs transferred to a new gTLD. A more pessimistic explanation might be that the end of 
the so called `Internet bubble' led to a significant number of domain names being allowed to lapse. The 
introduction of new gTLDs showed that such a development was possible, a fact that speculators no doubt 
factored into their activities. Some speculators may have allowed a proportion of their registrations to lapse 
in response to a perceived lack of demand or decrease in scarcity. Speculators may have also shifted their 
focus to the new gTLDs prior to demand being tested in that market segment. In any event the primary and 
secondary market for 
.com
, and the other traditional domains, proved to be resilient. Currently 
.com
 names 
still command the highest values followed by 
.net
, some national domains and 
.org
.
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The market for the original gTLDs registration had recovered within a year. The number of 
registrations under 
.com
 regained an increase in the later half of 2002 and has grown by more than a 
million per half year since that time. 
Registrations under new gTLDs made steady increases, following their introduction, until the final 
quarter of 2003 
(Table 10)
. The proportion of new gTLDs registration among total gTLDs registration also 
grew steadily until the final quarter of 2003 
(Figure 9)
. At the end of 2003, new gTLDs accounted for 
around 6.5% of the total gTLDs registration. On the other hand, the number of registrations under 
.info
and 
.biz
 decreased in December 2003. It is too early to conclude that new gTLDs have reached their peak 
as unofficial data indicated some growth in the first quarter of 2004. However it does raise the question of 
why the original gTLDs continued to grow at a time of a reduction in the number of registrations under 
new gTLDs. One explanation may be that a significant number of registrations, which had been made by 
speculators in the early period of availability, were allowed to lapse.  
Table 8.  The number of gTLDs registrations in bi annual time series 
Total .com .net .org .info .biz .name 
July 2001 
32 079 997 
24 264 064 
4 748 370 
3 067 563 
Jan 2002 
32 339 459 
24 717 455 
4 629 289 
2 992 715 
July 2002 
30 731 874 
22 526 354 
3 907 160 
2 553 817 
926 769 
735 766 
82 008 
Jan 2003 
32 402 140 
23 662 001 
4 060 182 
2 674 286 
1 049 839 
858 945 
96 887 
July 2003 
34 635 853 
25 260 438 
4 226 821 
2 867 551 
1 173 714 
999 009 
108 320 
Dec 2003 
36 851 022 
27 035 869 
4 515 550 
3 015 179 
1 164 136 
1 004 118 
116 170 
Source
: Registries, Monthly Reports and JPNIC.
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Table 9.  Changes in the number of gTLDs registrations in bi annual time series 
  
Total 
.com 
.net 
.org 
.info 
.biz 
.name 
Q3 Q4, 2001 
259 462 
453 391 
 119 081 
 74 848 
Q1 Q2, 2002 
 1 607 585 
 2 191 101 
 722 129 
 438 898 
926 769 
735 766 
82 008 
Q3 Q4, 2002 
1 670 266 
1 135 647 
153 022 
120 469 
123 070 
123 179 
14 879 
Q1 Q2, 2003 
2 233 713 
1 598 437 
166 639 
193 265 
123 875 
140 064 
11 433 
Q3 Q4, 2003 
2 215 169 
1 775 431 
288 729 
147 628 
 9 578 
5 109 
7 850 
Source
: Registries Monthly Reports and JPNIC. 
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