The state of IDNs in 2015: 9% increase compared to 2014

The recently launched IDN World Report, produced by EURid, with support from UNESCO and Verisign, looks at the state of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) in 2015, and notes that IDNs ‘help to enhance linguistic diversity in cyberspace’. According to the report, there were approximately 6.8 million IDNs in December 2015 (a 9% increase compared to December 2014), representing 2% of the world’s domain names. Of them, 4.5 million are country code top level domains (ccTLDs), while 2.3 are generic top level domains (gTLDS). In addition to statistical data, the report also looks at issues such as: universal acceptance for IDNs, industry opinions, regional overviews, and country case studies.