LOS ANGELES – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the release of updated industry metrics as part of its Domain Name Marketplace Indicators initiative. According to the Corporation, the initiative presents statistics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace.
The metrics released as part of this initiative encompass three categories and six dimensions:
• Robust competition: registrant choice, registrant domain adoption, service provider marketplace entry, service provider competition.
• Marketplace stability: service provider contractual compliance.
• Trust: industry safeguards.
ICANN plans to continue to expand the initiative's coverage of shortlisted indicators and publish these statistics twice a year in order to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted.
A community Advisory Panel worked with ICANN to identify relevant indicators that form part of the current schema. Concurrent to the release of these Version 1.0 marketplace indicators, the ICANN organization will continue to work with the community and the Advisory Panel to evaluate additional enhancements that might be incorporated into this initiative in the future.