Internet Domain Name Registration Surpasses 250 Million: VeriSign
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
More than 6 million domain names were added to the Internet in the last three months of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs), according to VeriSign´s latest Domain Name Industry Brief.
The figures reflect a 2.5 percent sequential growth rate, and mark the eighth straight quarter with greater than two percent growth. On an annual basis, registered domain names have grown by nearly 26.6 million, or 11.8 percent, VeriSign said.
The .com domains comprise the majority of registered domain names, with 106.2 million registrations by the end of December, followed by .net addresses at 14.9 million. In total, 8.0 million .com and .net TLDs were registered during the fourth quarter of 2012, a slight uptick from the 7.9 million that were registered during the same quarter in 2011.
Country code TLDs also showed solid growth, having risen five percent quarter-over-quarter and 21.6 percent year-over-year, to a total of 110.2 million domain names.
Overall, the largest TLDs in order by zone size were .com, .de (Germany), .net, .tk (Tokelau), .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .cn (China), .info, .nl (Netherlands) and .ru (Russian Federation), VeriSign said.
The Tokelau (.tk) registry offers both free and paid domain names through Freedom Registry, and has been known to host phishing sites, although the appeal of a free domain name is likely behind most of these registrations. Excluding .tk domain, the year-over-year domain name registration growth rate was 8.9 percent.