One of the main challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to Latin America and the Caribbean is the digitization of the region since many institutions did not have an Internet presence. This corresponds to the low penetration of the Internet in the region which in the case of Guatemala was 30% in 2019.

With the shift to online jobs and school, many companies and educational institutions opted to create different digital channels to communicate with their clients or students. As a result of this migration to the Internet, there was an increase in registered domains. From April of this year to the present, there was a noticeable upward trend in the number of registered domains throughout Latin America

Reaching a historic milestone:

LACTLD, the organization responsible for promoting the development of ccTLDs in Latin America and the Caribbean, announced in November that the region had reached the historic benchmark of 10 million registered domains. To gauge this milestone and the rapid growth in domain registrations, LACTLD reported that: in 2019 the number of domains was 9.4 million. In November of this year, that figure was exceeded by 901 thousand domains.

“Reaching 10 million domains in the region is, without a doubt, an important event for our Association. We are very happy because this does not happen randomly, but rather responds to a solid and consistent work at the regional level (…) “, said Luis Arancibia, President of LACTLD.

These statistics align with those of the registered .gt domains. In 2019, 3913 new domains were registered.   In comparison, from January to November 2020, 4541 domains had been registered,  an increase of 16% over the previous year.

Despite the difficulties that 2020 brought, the different organizations that make up the Internet have managed to meet the high demand and adapt to a growing ecosystem. The responsiveness that the different domains have had is the result of constant work.

 You can check the complete statistics of the .gt Domains here.