Global Domain Name Registrations Approaching 200 Million: VeriSign Report

VeriSign logoThe number of domain names registered across all top level domains (TLDs) around the world grew by three million in the second quarter of 2010 to take the total number of domain names registered, or the global base of domain names, to 196.3 million as of the end of the second quarter 2010 (June), according to the latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief. The ongoing increase in registrations is likely to see the 200 million registration mark passed sometime in September or October.

The second quarter total represents an increase in registrations of two per cent over the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, registrations grew by 12.3 million, or seven per cent, across the industry.

The combined base of .COM and .NET domain names surpassed 100 million, finishing the quarter with an adjusted zone size of 101.5 million. VeriSign refuses to give an official breakdown for the two gTLDs, however graphs in the report indicate there are almost 90 million .COM and around 12 million .NET domain names registered.

New .COM and .NET registrations totalled 7.9 million during the second quarter, an increase of 13 per cent from a year ago. The .COM/.NET renewal rate for the second quarter was 73.2 per cent, up from 72.1 per cent for the first quarter.

The largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order, .COM, .DE (Germany), .NET, .UK (United Kingdom), .ORG, .CN (China), .INFO, .NL (Netherlands), .EU (European Union), and .RU (Russian Federation).

Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 76.3 million in the second quarter of 2010 with the addition of 63,000 domain names, or a 0.1 per cent increase compared to the first quarter. This is an increase of nearly 1.9 million domain names, or 2.5 per cent from a year ago. The growth in the number of ccTLD names has been hampered by significant declines in .CN domain names. The total number has declined from 12,963,685 at the end of June 2009 to 7,246,686 at the end of June 2010 according to CNNIC.

Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, the Russian Federation (.RU), Brazil (.BR) and Switzerland (.CH) exceeded 5 per cent quarter over quarter growth. Last quarter, six of the top 20 met the same threshold.

The Russian Federation and Brazil also joined Poland (.PL), France (.FR) and Australia (.AU) as top 20 ccTLDs exceeding 20 percent year over year growth.

There are more than 240 ccTLD extensions globally, with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 62 percent of the total number of registrations.

VeriSign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during second quarter 2010 was 62.5 billion per day, with a peak of 83.6 billion. Compared to first quarter 2010, the daily query average increased 16 per cent and the peak grew by 32 per cent. Taken annually, the daily average increased 28 per cent and the peak daily queries grew 43 per cent.

The latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief, and an archive of previous editions also in Spanish and Portuguese, is available from www.verisign.com/domain-name-services/domain-information-center/industry-brief.