Verisign Shares Q3’2012 Domain Growth Data

Blog Moderator | Dec 20, 2012

Today, Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by more than five million domain names in the third quarter of 2012. The total number of registered domain names now stands at more than 246 million, which represents a 2.4 percent growth rate over Q2’2012. This marks the seventh straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth.

As shown in the chart below, the order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the second quarter. In Q3’2012, the largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order: .com, .de (Germany), .net, .tk (Tokelau), .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .info, .cn (China), .nl (Netherlands) and .ru (Russian Federation).*


(Source: Zooknic, October 2012; Verisign, October 2012)

The .com and .net TLD registrations experienced a 1 percent increase over Q2’2012, bringing the combined total number of domain names in the adjusted zone to approximately 119.9 million. New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.8 million, which reflects a 1.1 percent year-over-year decrease. 

The .com/.net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 72.5 percent, slightly down from 72.9 percent for the second quarter of 2012.

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 67 billion during the third quarter with a peak of 102 billion. Compared to the second quarter of 2012, the daily average decreased 1.3 percent and the peak increased 14.1 percent.

In addition to releasing the industry’s third quarter data, the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief offers the article “Combating DDoS Attacks in the Cloud,” which offers enterprises key elements to consider when creating an informed DDoS mitigation plan that may enable them to better protect their assets. 

For more information, download the latest Domain Name Industry Brief


*The gTLD and ccTLD data cited in this report are estimates as of the time of this report and subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes additional tracking of ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.