Domain Becoming Popular

In the run-up to the launch of the .eu top level domain proposed for early 2004, CentralNic's is becoming increasingly popular especially among registrars in Germany.

The introduction of the .eu domain to represent the Europe Union and to boost trade within the European community, was first mooted over five years ago, and its continued delay in a launch date has frustrated the IT community and businesses alike.

A recent poll carried out by CentralNic, asking the question 'when, in your opinion, would .eu be launched?', indicated that 47 per cent of the IT industry were of the opinion that the .eu domain will not launch within two years. Thirty per cent of the general public believe the .eu domain will be available in early 2004 although only 12 per cent of IT specialists share this view.

Many companies, who wish to reflect a European identity within their domain name immediately, are registering the domain name which has been available through the CentralNic Global Registry since 2000.

Camilla Coxe, Managing Director of CentralNic commented "We have seen a sharp increase in the registrations recently, particularly from German registrars."

"The name has no barriers or restrictions and is available to all people and organisations wishing to make a statement about their European identity. is truly the domain name for a wider Europe and many companies are taking advantage of the availability of the domain so they can reflect their European distinctiveness now."