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Internet Grows to 296 Million Domain Names in Q2 2015

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We have released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief reporting that the Internet grew by two million domain names in the second quarter of 2015 and closed with a base of 296 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 0.8 percent increase over the first quarter of 2015.[1]

.com and .net Breakdown

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.5 million domain names in the domain name base in the second quarter of 2015.[2] New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million during the second quarter of 2015. In the second quarter of 2014, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million.

TLD Breakdown

In the second quarter of 2015, the top 10 TLDs in order by zone size were:

ccTLD Breakdown

Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) reached 138 million domain names at the end of Q2 2015, a 1.0 percent increase quarter over quarter. As of June 30, 2015, the top 10 ccTLDs by zone size were:

New gTLD Breakdown

At the end of Q2 2015, new gTLD (ngTLDs) registrations totaled 5.86 million, which represents 2 percent of total TLD registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 44.6 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations. The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, and also the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations.

DNS Query Load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the second quarter of 2015 was 111 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 182 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 16.6 percent and the peak decreased 10.8 percent.

[1] The generic top-level domain (gTLD) and ccTLD data cited in the DNIB report are estimates as of the time the report was developed, and is subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.

[2] The domain name base is the active zone plus the number of domain names that are registered but not configured for use in the respective Top-Level Domain zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a client or server hold status.

By Verisign, A Global Provider of Critical Internet Infrastructure and Domain Name Registry Services

Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.

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