Another 150,000+ second level domains registered in Q4 as priority period ends.
auDA, the organization that manages Australia’s country code top level domain .au, reports there were more than 716,000 second level domain registrations last year.
The group opened up second level domain registrations on March 24 last year. There was a priority period for registrants of matching domains in third level domains, which is all consumers could register prior to the new initiative.
Nearly 80,000 first level domains were registered by the end of March. The next quarter was slow, with 170,000 registered by the end of June. But 550,000 were registered by the end of Q3 as the priority period came to a close.
Starting October 3, anyone could register a second level domain as long as it still wasn’t contested (meaning more than one company applied during the priority period).