The total number
of registered domain names has reached the 220 million mark worldwide across
all domains, with 4.9 million domain names added in the third quarter of 2011,
says latest Domain Name Industry Brief by VeriSign.
to the industry brief, the addition of 4.9 million domain names equates to a
growth rate of 2.3 percent over the second quarter of 2011.
The increase in
domain names also marks the third straight quarter with greater than 2 percent
The .com and
.net Top Level Domains (TLDs) experienced aggregate growth in the third
quarter, reaching a combined total of 112 million names. New .com and .net
registrations totaled 7.9 million during the quarter. This is a 5.9 percent
increase year-over-year in new registrations.
Internet saw the addition of 4.5 million domain names in the first quarter (a
2.2 percent increase) and 5.2 million domain names in the second quarter (a 2.5
issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief focuses on some of the new use
categories that are likely to emerge out of the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plan to introduce new generic TLDs (gTLDs).
issue examines how the new gTLD process could herald the emergence of a wide
range of new uses for gTLDs that could change how Internet users interact with
the global addressing system.