Tuesday, April 23, 2013

More Than 252 Million Internet Domain Names Registered In 2012

Internet domain names exceed the 252 million mark in 2012

252 Million Domain Names Registered In 2012
VeriSign, the global leader in domain names, has said more than six million domain names were added to the internet in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) on December 31, 2012.

Verisign said the increase of 6.1 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 2.5% over the third quarter of 2012, and marks the eighth straight quarter with greater than 2% growth. Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.6 million, or 11.8%, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 121.1 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 6.4% increase year over year. As of December 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totalled 8 million during the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2011, new .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million. The .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 72.9%, up slightly from 72.5% for the third quarter of 2012.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, Verisign's average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 77 billion, across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 123 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 16% and the peak increased 20.4 percent. Year over year, the daily average increased 21.5% and the peak increased 5.3%.

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