Support by registrars is essential to getting IDNs into the marketplace, thereby driving user uptake. Between 2010-2012, registries were generally upbeat about registrar support for IDNs, with average scores comfortably above 3.4. Since 2013, the average score has dipped to around 2.9, indicating that registries are slightly less satisfied with levels of support for IDNs by registrars than in previous years.
In 2015, there was a marginal recovery in the average (from 2.82 in 2014 to 2.9 in 2015), which has otherwise plateaued since 2013.
32% of registries who responded to the survey told us that registrar support for IDNs was very good or exceeded their expectations. This represents a 2% increase since last year’s survey. However, it is far below the highpoint of 65% in 2010.
This year, 13% of registries who responded used the two lowest ratings, compared with 17% last year.