jmccormac - 10:18 am on Jul 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
The problem for .asia is that it is up against some strong ccTLD in the region. The .cn ccTLD is the obvious one but Japan has .jp and Korea has .kr. Both of those are over 1M domains each. The .in should be around 500K domains and .nz is around 400K. The .au is around 1.7M. Hong Kong's .hk is at around 190K domains. Even Israel's .il (approx 170K) and .ir's .ir (approx 162K) are potential competition. The .com is the logical option for the region. As a brand, .asia really has a very hard time convincing people that it is a viable alternative to .com or the local ccTLD. With .cn losing over 6M domains this year, there is a very slim chance that .asia could benefit. However most of the domains that .cn has lost would have been bubble/extremely low cost domains that were not renewed when the price increased. The new registration restrictions have not helped .cn either.