“According to NetNames’ Internet 2020 report, 92 per cent of large companies in the US, Britain, France and Germany are planning to invest in new domain names over the next three years, and 46 per cent say they already have begun to invest in this area.
Although .com will remain popular, registrations of new domain names will significantly overtake new registrations of .com and .net, as these established domains become saturated, according to NetNames.“
I haven’t seen or read the NetNames report (and I don’t see where the report can be downloaded), but I would certainly say this prediction is provocative.
I am unsure if the prediction is that there will be fewer .com and .net registrations than other TLDs by 2020 or if they are predicting that the velocity of .com and .net domain name registrations will be surpassed by other TLDs by 2020. For instance, I can’t tell if they think the total new gTLD registrations will be greater than .com and .net or if they think in 2020 more people will be choosing gTLDs over .com and .net names.
With the ICANN 50 meeting taking place in London this week, I am sure this article and report will be a talking point today.
I invite you to vote in the poll below to share whether you think this prediction will come true. As always, you are invited to share your thoughts on this in the comment section, especially because the prediction mentioned in the article can be interpreted in different ways.