Annual report 2018

2018 was an eventful year and we are proud to present certain figures.

The trend of recent years was confirmed in 2018. We see a slight drop in new registrations but renewals of the existing domain names are on the rise. This was reflected in growth of slightly less than 1% in 2018 to 1.6 million domain names.

Philip Du Bois

Evolution in the number of domain names

How many new .be domain names have been registered in 2018 and how many are there in total at the end of 2018?

Number of new .be registrations

Total number of .be domain names

Total number of domain names


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 major sectors:

.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 of 408 registrars. The 10 biggest registrars have 54.2% of all .be domain names in portfolio with the top 3 registering more than a quarter of the overall total.