The Restena Foundation, through its DNS-LU service is pleased to announce that, at the end of June 2019, the number of domain names registered in .lu surpasses the 100,000 mark. Leaving aside ‘reserved’ names, i.e. names mainly used to block a particular domain without using it, more than 97,000 .lu domain names are active on the web!
.lu in figures
On a national basis, these 100,000 domain names result in an average of 1 in 6 inhabitants having a .lu domain name, which is high rate. Over three quarters of .lu domain names are held by companies and organizations and one quarter by individuals, a prime motivator is the promotion of activities, economic or not, carried out in Luxembourg. Not surprisingly, more than half of the domain names are registered to holders with residence in Luxembourg, followed by those located in France, Belgium and Germany. Altogether they represent more than 80% of the domain name holders.
Stability, growth and development opportunities
As part of its DNS-Lu service, the Restena Foundation is a member of the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR), an association for exchange, dialogue and innovation of country code domain registries in Europe. Compared to other CENTR members, the .lu domain name market is rather stable with the highest renew rate. The annual growth of .lu has been oscillating between 3 to 4% for a couple of years and no less than 89% of domain names get renewed.
By the first half of 2020, the reopening of the one and two character names for .lu registration that was prohibited since 2000 should be announced, thereby paving the way for new development opportunities.