Size of .cn registration base falls 75% from peak.
Thanks mostly to tighter controls and rules on registration, China’s .cn domain name count keeps falling.
According to data collected by HosterStats.com, there were about 3.5 million .cn domain names registered at the end of January.
That’s a far cry from the over 14 million .cn domain names that were registered at its peak in February 2009. At that point .cn had more registrations than any other country code top level domain.
New regulations required anyone who wanted to register a domain to show identification. Then in June 2010 .cn domain name holders were asked to confirm their registrant information directly with the registry within 15 days or risk losing their domains.
.Cn was very popular prior to the restrictions for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it was offered for about 14 cents per registration.