Growth is the main feature of the .EUS domain, expanding 20% per year on average. So forecasts indicate that it will reach the 10,000 domain threshold this year 2019. And with respect to the nature of this development, according to the data gathered by the PuntuEUS Observatory, development is steady and domain distribution remains steady from one year to the next in terms of its nature and typology. According to the measurement made at the close of the year 2018:
- The .EUS Internet domain makes reference to a cultural and language community. So the domain is spread across the world with 8% of the registrations having been made outside the Basque Country so far. After analysing the data on the registrations made in the Basque Country, it became clear to us that the domain is spread across the Basque Country, but there are significant imbalances between one province and another.
These data display greater similarity with the conclusions of the Sociolinguistic Survey and Map produced by the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community and the Euskararen Erakunde Publikoa (Public Institution for the Basque Language) than with the demographic distribution of the provinces.
- The typology of organisations that register the .EUS domain points to the general and diverse value of the domain. As is usual on the Internet, the main users of the .EUS domain are companies, 41% in this case. In addition to them, it is possible to see that the remaining segments of our society are also widely represented in the .EUS domain: organisations in the field of the Basque language and culture, 14%; public institutions, 13%; education organisations, 10%; private individuals, 8%; sports organisations, 4%; mass media, 2%; and others, too (trade unions, political parties, etc.), 8%.
- Given that the .EUS domain represents the Basque language and Basque culture on the Internet, most of the websites using .EUS can be expected to post content in Basque. The .EUS domain clearly stands out as the TLD that uses Basque the most. In this case, the number of websites that have content in Basque is 89.23%. So the .EUS domain can be said to be operating as the digital “lungs” of the Basque language.
- Leaving on one side those registered on behalf of an organisation, the conclusion after analysing the cases of men and women owners is that there are fewer women (27%) than men (73%). So the differences can be described as significant in the registration and use of Internet domain names. The weight of women in the domain has risen two points from 2017 to 2018. So all, the gap is still large.