China's national domain name '.cn' reaches 21.24 mln

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The number of China's top-level domains using ".cn" stood at 21.24 million by the end of 2018, according to an official with the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Hu Anlei, the assistant to the head of the CNNIC, said there were 1.72 million domain names using two Chinese characters meaning "China," when releasing a report on the development of domain names in 2018 at the China Internet Infrastructure Resources Conference 2019.

The conference was held by the CNNIC under the guidance of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). Nearly 1,000 experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and representatives of the industry attended the conference.

By the end of 2018, 349 million top-level domain names were registered around the world and 154 million national domain names were registered, according to the conference.

China was officially connected to the Internet in 1994. Over the past 25 years, China has built itself into a vibrant Internet powerhouse, with the number of Internet users topping the world in recent years, said Yang Xiaowei, deputy head of the CAC, at the conference.

The number of domains using ".cn" has been the largest in terms of both national and regional domain names in the past three years, Yang said. 

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