ICANN Announces the Release of “Middle East DNS Study”

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces the publication of the final report [PDF, 8.38 MB] on the Domain Name System (DNS) for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC). “Middle East DNS Study” was completed after receiving feedback on the initial draft, which was published before the ICANN54 meeting in Dublin.

The report will be discussed at ICANN55 at the DNS Industry in the Middle East session on Tuesday, 8 March, from 16:30–18:00 (WET).

Report Findings

The report presents findings on the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the MEAC region, including:

Best practices that have affected the growth in domain names

Business potentials in the domain name market

Domain name industry and registration data in the wider context of the region’s Internet development

Internet usage patterns and user preferences

Region’s hosting industry

Importance of local language content

Recommended to stimulate wider uptake

ICANN selected a consortium led by the .eu Registry (EURid), with support from Emily Taylor Internet Research, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property and Oxford Information Labs, to conduct the DNS study.

The report, based on qualitative and quantitative data gathered in 2015, draws on relevant benchmarks and best practices developed in the global ccTLD environment. The data presented in this report was gathered from a variety of sources, including a specially commissioned multi-country user survey, direct contact with ccTLD registries and registrars, and extensive data analysis of the gTLD open zone files.

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