First Results of General Availability in .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW

According to the Registry Operator of .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW, the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID), 28,000 domain names were registered in Moscow's TLDs by the 10th day of General Availability (GA).

FAITID notes that there was a peak in registrations on 6 December, because on that day they registered over 2,000 names previously reserved for the Moscow Department of Information Technology. 1,000 more names will be registered for the department in 2015.

After the positive results of the first days of GA, experts have adjusted their estimates for the new TLDs. Moscow's TLDs are now expected to have 35,000-40,000 names by the end of 2014. Earlier estimates were for 20,000-25,000 names.

However, opinions differ on the potential results of the first year of GA. Some say that .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW are unlikely to have more than 100,000 registrations in December 2015, while others expect that number to be over 150,000. In any case, these TLDs are expected to have 300,000-350,000 names in the first few years.

This is only the beginning for Moscow's domains. GA in .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW started 1 December. Accredited registrars register and renew these domain names for about 600 RUB per year.