Annual report 2019

DNS Belgium looks back with satisfaction on 2019, in which the figures turned out better than expected. The efforts we have been making for years to guarantee the security of the .be zone are now also being rewarded.

Both the renewal of the registration of existing domain names and the new registrations exceeded our expectations in 2019. In addition, there was a lot of focus on cyber security. In 2019, we detected fraudulent use of .be domain names in various ways and removed them from the zone on the basis of objective criteria.

Philip Du Bois

Evolution in the number of domain names

Number of revoked .be domain names

We revoke domain names that do not comply with our terms and conditions because they are used for fraud, for example, or because the holder's details are incorrect.

Number of new .be registrations per year

How many new registrations of .be domain names did we see in 2019 compared to previous years?

Total number of .be domain names

How many .be domain names do we count at the end of 2019 compared to previous years?

Total number of domain names end 2019

Renewals of domain names 2019

The domain name extension market in Belgium

Which extensions do Belgians choose for their domain name?

Use of .be domain names

What are .be domain names used for?

Website content

We break down the websites linked to the .be, .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names according to the classification of the Registry-Registrar Data Group of CENTR. The main categories are: Industry, Personal and Low content. Websites, blogs, etc. fall under Personal. Low content comprises all websites with minimal content: pay per click, error messages, holding pages. Industry contains all business domain names which we divide further into different subcategories.

.be websites

.be domain names, the most important sectors in relation to the total number of .be websites:

.brussels and .vlaanderen are used above all by the respective governmental authorities. For .vlaanderen, the Flemish government opted to have their .vlaanderen domain names redirected to an existing .be website.

.brussels websites

.vlaanderen websites


Holders of .be domain names per country of origin

Number of Belgian/foreign .brussels domain name holders

Number of Belgian/foreign .vlaanderen domain name holders

Distribution of .be domain names across the regions

Distribution of .be domain names per postal code and per 100 inhabitants

Locations of .be domain name holders worldwide

Number of .be domain names per holder

Distribution private individuals/companies .be


For .be we work with a network for 404 registrars. The 10 biggest registrars have 56% of all .be domain names in portfolio, while the share of the top 3 has increased by more than 2%.