“.PT, responsible for the management of the Portuguese top-level .pt domain, closed 2020 with a new record, when it registered 96,715 new registrations in .pt, 18,020 more than in 2019, which represents a growth of 22.9% and makes the last year the best ever ”, he said, noting that“ the reinforcement of the measures to combat the pandemic announced by the Government in October again contributed to the increase in the number of registrations, mainly in November, the second highest, with a total of 9,082 domains ”.

Before that, in the first half of 2020, “there were almost 50 thousand new direct registrations in .pt, 10,423 more than in the same period, which corresponds to an increase of 26.35%”, reads the statement, which stresses that “the month of April was the one that presented the greatest growth compared to the previous year – 67% -, as well as the largest number of new domains”.

According to the organization, summer, a time of year when the number of registrations usually slows down, “maintained a growth trend this year, with the months of June, July, August and September accounting for more than 30 thousand new direct registrations, compared to 23 thousand, in 2019 ″.

The entity also noted that, adding direct registrations to those made via the company at the time, the total annual value exceeds 130 thousand, 9,893 more than in 2019.

Luísa Ribeiro Lopes, president of the .PT Directive Council, stressed, quoted in the same note, that “it is undeniable that the pandemic forced citizens, companies and organizations to reinvent themselves and that the internet was an important ally in this path” .

“The restrictions imposed on normal economic and social activity have accelerated the digital transition process and this is naturally reflected in the evolution of .pt domain registration,” he said.

“The need to have a presence on the internet must be accompanied by the development of citizens’ digital skills”, he stressed, recalling that ‘online’ is increasingly present in daily life and that “it is necessary to bring these people to digital and work on three fundamental aspects: training, security and trust ”.

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