The Finnish ccTLD manager, FICORA, introduced a number of changes to their policies in September 2016 and the result 12 months later is a jump in registrations.
The two main changes were the registry stopped selling domain names directly to registrants with registrations only available through registrars such as Lexsynergy. Additionally, the local presence requirement was removed and registrations were opened up to anyone, anywhere.
As a result, registrations have spiked with more than 40,000 new .fi domain names registered in the first 6 months of 2017. At the end of June, the number of .fi domain names registered totaled 430,000.
“The new operational model from last autumn has involved an increased interest in .fi domain names”, says Juhani Juselius, Chief Specialist at FICORA. “Now anyone anywhere in the world can register .fi domain names.”
“Compared to the same period a year ago, the growth has been up to 34% as the number of domain names registered in June 2016 was 29,861.”