New IEDR Report: Record number of dot ie domain registrations in 2017
The total .ie database now comprises of 237,412 domains. Reflecting the growth in the Irish economy, more than two-thirds of new .ie domains in 2017 were registered by corporate bodies and sole traders. In numerical terms, this represents a 6% increase on the previous year. While the majority of new .ie domain registrations originate from Dublin or Leinster, every province in Ireland recorded significant increases in registrations. And, nearly every county in Ireland experienced an increase in new registrations. Irish businesses, organisations, communities and citizens recognise the value of having their own website.
However, while the take-up of websites and .ie domains remains strong, problems persist in Ireland’s internet ecosystem. A December 2017 report by EU statistics body Eurostat ranked Ireland number one in Europe for web sales. Superficially, the findings seem a good advertisement for digital Ireland. But they are misleading. Like the similarly positive DESI report of early 2017, the Eurostat survey omitted 92% of Ireland’s business landscape – the micro-businesses that employ fewer than ten people.
More of the world’s largest multinationals are choosing Ireland as a location, and many of those already located here are growing their presence. Ireland is in an enviable position, but there is work to be done. In many parts of the country, the internet infrastructure is inadequate which is a hinderance to sustainable business growth. Also, e-commerce adoption amongst Ireland’s overall SME community remains poor, despite reports to the contrary. Government and industry bodies must work hand-in-glove to ensure that 2018 is a year of meaningful change for Ireland’s internet community.
You can access the dot ie Domain Profile Report here.