DSTI/ICCP/TISP(2004)2/FINAL 
Figure 9.  The proportion of new gTLDs (.info, .biz, .name) registrations among major gTLDs 
(.com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .name) 
7%
6%
5%
4%
3%
2%
1%
0%
2002/1
2002/4
2002/7
2002/10
2003/1
2003/4
2003/7
2003/10
Source
: OECD, based on Registries Monthly Reports 
If unsponsored gTLD registry service is defined as a distinct market then VeriSign could be said to 
have had just under an 86% share at the end of 2003 (
Table 11
). This was down from 100% two years 
earlier. The major factor in reducing VeriSign's market share was the transfer of the 
.org
 registry to PIR 
which reduced VeriSign's share by just over 8%. New unsponsored gTLDs collectively hold a 6% market 
share.   
In the short term the major factor that may impact on market share is the responsibility for the 
.net
registry. The 
.net 
registry was responsible for just over 12% of all registrations under uTLDs at the end of 
2003. The registry agreement between ICANN and VeriSign expires in June 2005. If VeriSign does not 
continue to be the 
.net
 registry its market share would be reduced to the equivalent number of registrations 
under 
.com
. Even if this occurs, however, VeriSign's share of the registry services market will continue to 
be by far the largest in the market. One of the criteria ICANN has set for consideration in deciding the 
future of 
.net
 is the potential impact on competition in the gTLD market. In this context it is important to 
note that the use of 
.net 
has gone well beyond its original intended community and provides the alternative 
with the largest share of registrations next to 
.com
. 
Table 11.  Market share of unsponsored gTLDs registrars (%) 
VeriSign 
PIR 
Afilias NeuLevel GNR 
  
Total 
.com 
.net 
.org 
 .org 
.info 
.biz 
.name 
Jan, 
2001 100.00 76.10 
14.60 
9.30    
  
  
  
July, 2001 
100.00 
75.64 
14.80 
9.56 
  
  
  
  
Jan, 
2002 100.00 76.43 
14.31 
9.25    
  
  
  
July, 2002 
94.32 
73.30 
12.71 
8.31 
  
3.02 
2.39 
0.27 
Jan, 2003 
85.56 
73.03 
12.53 
  
8.25 
3.24 
2.65 
0.30 
July, 2003 
85.14 
72.93 
12.20 
  
8.28 
3.39 
2.88 
0.31 
Dec, 2003 
85.62 
73.37 
12.25 
  
8.18 
3.16 
2.72 
0.32 
Source
: OECD, based on Registries Monthly Reports 
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