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Internet grows by 1 million domains

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday June 9, 2010 )

According to the latest Domain Name Brief from Verisign, the Internet grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010.

By the end of the first quarter this year, over 193 million top level domain (TLD) name registrations were recorded, representing an increase of 11 million domain name registrations, or 6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009.

The .com and .net top level domains saw strong aggregate growth during Q1.

Registered .com and .net domain names grew to 99.3 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010, 7 percent more than the same quarter last year.

New .com and .net registrations averaged 2.7 million per month in the first quarter of 2010; coming to a total of 8.1 million new registrations during Q1.

Compared to fourth quarter last year, the top 5 TLD’s changed significantly in terms of base size. A drop in .cn registrations saw it move from second to fourth place, while .de moved up a spot to no.3. The .net TLD inched up from fourth to third. The largest TLDs in terms of base size for first quarter 2010 were .com, .de, .net, .cn, uk, .org, .info, .nl (Netherlands), .eu (European Union), and .ru (Russia).

VeriSign says their average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during first quarter 2010 was 54 billion per day, reaching as high as as 63.2 billion per day, a daily average increased of 41 percent over 2009.

View the full Verisign Domain Name Brief report (PDF)


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