Local digital businesses join the dots

GMIT School of Business lecturer Caitlin Ni Ghabhaín with Enda Tully, Seán Ó Loideáin and Shane Flynn at an information evening on accounting programmes at GMIT.
GMIT School of Business lecturer Caitlin Ni Ghabhaín with Enda Tully, Seán Ó Loideáin and Shane Flynn at an information evening on accounting programmes at GMIT.

Registrations for ‘.ie’ websites in Galway increased last year, as more businesses turn to e-commerce.

According to figures from IEDR (the IE Domain Registry), a total of 1,512 ‘.ie’ domains – the official domain for Ireland – were registered in Galway during 2016, which is up 1% on the 1,498 registered for the previous year.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “The increase in registrations in Galway suggests more and more local businesses appreciate the power of e-commerce and connecting to customers through the internet. However, many parts of Ireland lag behind.

“The quality and availability of broadband remains an insurmountable barrier for many SMEs located outside the big cities and major towns.

“On a positive note, ongoing e-commerce mentoring from business associations and government is beginning to help rural SMEs’ attempts to trade online and improve their digital skills,” he said.

The total number of .ie domains in Galway stood at 9,900 at the end of 2016.

Overall .ie domain registrations in Connacht in 2016 totalled 2,739 – a 6% drop on the 2,915 registered the previous year.

A total of 34,615 Irish domains – nearly 100 per day – were registered in 2016, a decrease of 1.7% from the 35,225 in 2015. Around three-quarters of the registrations in 2016 were made by businesses (corporate bodies and sole traders).