Friday, January 27, 2012

Equitorial Guinea is the largest .INFO Domains Market in Africa?

This is quite interesting: Equitorial Guinea, the tiny country with vast oil reserves in the Middle Africa is the 9th largest market for .INFO Domains globally and the largest .INFO market in Africa according to 2010 stats from Afilias, the .INFO Domain Registry. Equitorial Guinea has a population of 700,000 and according to Internet World Stats, just an estimated 15,000 internet users so these stats might not make sense, unless we are missing something here.

According to Afilias Stats, the Top 10 .INFO Domain markets include the following(Please note that these are stats for 2010 and a lot might have changed in the composition of this list in the last one year but then it's still intriguing and begs an explanation/clarification on how Equitorial Guinea, a small country with poor people living under an authoritarian regime could still be in the Top 10 .INFO domain market in 2010):
Top 10 Countries for .INFO in 2010

Rank Country
1 United States
2 Germany
3 United Kingdom
4 Japan
5 Canada
6 Italy
7 France
8 Netherlands
9 Eqatorial Guinea
10 China

The ccTLD for Equitorial Guinea is .gq and it's functional.
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