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  • Frank Schilling is the biggest registrant of new TLDs

    1. BY - Jun 05, 2014
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    New registrant report reveals who has the most registrations in new top level domain names. published a new “Registrant Breakdown” today [see update below]. It shows the top registrants of new top level domain names.

    Coming in at number one on the list is Frank Schilling’s North Sound Names, which registered tens of thousands of names in his own TLDs in order to sell them at higher prices.

    According to nTLDStats, North Sound Names has registered 43,177. I believe close to half of those are in .link alone.

    Schilling has previously said he didn’t plan to register domains in TLDs he didn’t own, so all of these registrations should be in his own TLDs.

    Number two on the list is the government of China through China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC). They did a deal with Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) for about 20,000 domain names. (nTLDSTats shows that it’s on the whois for 17,030 domains.)

    After that the numbers drop to about 5,000 domains and fewer.

    This information is interesting, and would be even more useful if you could break it down by top level domain.

    [Update: Konstantinos Zournas comments that this data has been published for a while. I thought I saw a tweet from nTLDStats saying it just published this, but apparently I actually saw a tweet from TheDomains. So I also owe a hat tip to Raymond Hackney.]

  • onlinedomain says:

    June 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Andrew, this has been up for months.
    And it is mostly outdated. I am listed with less than 50% of what I own.

  • “Schilling has previously said he didn’t plan to register domains in TLDs he didn’t own, so all of these registrations should be in his own TLDs”

    Hahaha, I would not take into account what shilling was saying, every one knows he is a liar and does not practice what he preaches.
    Buying your own domains… this all becomes really ridiculous…

  • Andrew, where did you get that quote of Frank’s from? I am personally aware of exactly the opposite: Frank has said he was/is registering domains in gTLDs other than his own.

    nTLDstats is violating European privacy laws with the dissemination of such data. It’s possible that they are breaking the agreement with ICANN to provide access to zone files as well.

    • Frank said this during the NamesCon keynote. The notes I took, which of course is not verbatim:

      Audience question: Frank, will you invest in other TLDs?

      No. I have my hands full running my own registries. But I’ll carry them at my own registrar. On February 28 I’m going to launch my registrar, we think it will have a great deal of utility.

    • onlinedomain says:

      June 6, 2014 at 5:58 am

      Frank has said this various times in many comments around the blogs.

  • Bret Fausett says:

    June 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

    ‘Frank Schilling is registering domain names’ is a dog bites man story. :-)

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