Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

The number of domain names under management around the world topped 280 million at the end of the second quarter 2014 with four million domain names added, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign [pdf].

But the growth rate appears to be slowing even if growth is still healthy. According to the Verisign report the increase of four million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.4 percent over the first quarter of 2014. Worldwide registrations have grown by 18.6 million, or 7.2 percent, year over year.

This compares to the second quarter of 2012 where 7.3 million plus domains were added equating to a growth rate of 3.1 percent over the first quarter of 2012. There were 25.5 million domains added in the year to 30 June 2012, or a growth of 11.9 percent.

According to the latest report, released on 2 December, the .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the second quarter of 2014, reaching a combined total of approximately 128.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 3.7 percent increase year over year and compares to a 7.8 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011. As of 30 June, 2014, the base of registered names in .com equalled 113.7 million names, while .net equalled 15.2 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.5 million during the second quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totalled 8.7 million.

The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the first quarter, as .cn (China) moved up two rankings from the seventh largest TLD to the fifth largest TLD, resulting in .uk and .org each moving down one ranking to sixth and seventh largest TLDs, respectively. All other TLDs in the top 10 maintained their rankings.

The largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .net, .cn (China), .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .ru (Russian Federation), .info and .nl (Netherlands).

Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 129.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, with the addition of 2.2 million domain names, or a 1.7 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2014. For the 12 months, this is an increase of approximately 13.3 million domain names, or 11.5 percent.

Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, two exceeded four percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: Tokelau (7.3%) and China (7.3%). This marks five straight quarters where Tokelau has exceeded four percent growth.

At the end of the second quarter there were 283 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 66.3 percent of all ccTLD registrations.

One figure that is growing, seemingly exponentially, is the Domain Name System query load. During the second quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily DNS query load was 95 billion, compared to 68 billion two years ago, across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 204 billion. The peak two years ago was 90 billion.

Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 11.7 percent and the peak increased 70.4 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 18.8 percent and the peak query load decreased 16.6 percent.

The report is available for download in full from:
www.verisigninc.com/assets/domain-name-report-december2014.pdf

There is also an infographic provided by Verisign that can be downloaded from:
www.verisigninc.com/assets/infographic-dnib-Q22014.pdf