auDA release 2018 in Review

At 30 June 2018, there were 3,153,979 names registered in the .au namespace. This represented approximately 2% annual growth, which is in line with the growth rates of other ccTLDs.

Our challenge over the next few years is to improve the utility of the .au ccTLD which is facing significant competition from other TLDs and the social media and ecommerce platforms which have transformed the way we live, communicate and conduct online business.

The changes we’ve undertaken in 2018 mean we’re well placed to focus on improving the operational stability and utility of .au in 2019.

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Let’s Expose Disgusting Domain Name Thieves and Bias auDRP Panelists!

The current state of corporate domain name thievery is absolutely out of control.

We are starting this new section off, here on Domainer, under the easy to find and easy to reference menu header entitled DOMAIN THIEVES.

From this point forward, we are going to document, explain and name and shame corporate domain thieves and their legal representation.

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TPP Wholesale is DEAD

And if not dead, then surely on its last few breaths.

This is due to their poor quality service, the one to two-week response times to get any serious problems resolved, the three weeks it takes them to realise they lost a domain name, and the sheer number of premium and customer domain names that they are incompetently losing on a seemingly week-after-week basis.

But even worse than that.

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Generic Domain Name Owned for 22 Years Ripped Away

Two days ago, a businessman who has owned the domain name Australia.net.au since 1996 had his domain name LOCKED and RIPPED AWAY from him.

I spoke with him today and he is devastated. He says he is currently losing countless emails and business, because his email address for 22 years has been “@australia.net.au” and his marketing material has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and other publications over the past few decades.

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Are the PRP to blame for generic domains being confiscated?

With so much turmoil surrounding our Australian domain name space over the past few years, many of us were enjoying the new-concept of possible stability.

For as many positive steps forward we’ve seen in this industry as of late, we’ve also seen some very-outdated backward steps. And most of those, in my opinion, have been initiated by The PRP.

Alarm bells started ringing again when the generic domain name Banking.com.au was lost on the weekend, opening up a brand new muddy can of worms.

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Locked By Registry

On Saturday just gone, the domain name Banking.com.au was accidentally dropped by CSC Global for ING Bank.

According to Wikipedia, ING Bank is a $53 Billion company with over 1000 employees.

Banking.com.au was an AWESOME domain name for this company. I am sure they are (will be) quite upset when they notice they will never be able to leverage it’s marketing power, ever again, from this moment forward.

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