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09|21|2010 10:03 am EDT

More Than 196.3m Domain Names Registered Worldwide

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

Verisign Publishes New Domain Industry Brief for Q2/1010

Verisign, the company that is now more focused on the domain name space than ever before, since selling their security unit to Symmantec, has published their September issue of the the quarterly Domain Industry Brief (PDF).

  • The second quarter of 2010 closed with a base of more than 196.3 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of more than 3 million domain names, or 2 percent over the first quarter. Registrations grew by 12.3 million, or 7 percent over the past year.
  • The combined base of .com and .net domain names surpassed 100 million, finishing the quarter with an adjusted zone size of 101.5 million
  • New .com and .net registrations totalled 7.9 million during the second quarter, an increase of 13 percent from a year ago, and continued to show signs of the larger economic recovery.
  • Consistent with recent trends, .cn (China) experienced a second-quarter decline in base registrations, dropping the domain from fourth to sixth largest among all TLDs.
  • This changed the respective positions of .uk and .org, which became the fourth and fifth largest TLDs, respectively.
  • VeriSign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the quarter was 62.5 billion, with a peak of 83.6 billion. The daily average increased 16 percent and the peak increased 32 percent over the previous quarter. Compared to the same timeframe in 2009, the daily average grew 28 percent and the peak grew 43 percent.

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