Today, Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by more than six million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2012. The total number of registered domain names now stands at more than 252 million, which represents a 2.5 percent growth rate over the third quarter of 2012. This marks the eighth 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 third quarter. In Q4’2012, the largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order: .com, .de (Germany), .net, .tk (Tokelau), .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .cn (China), .info,.nl (Netherlands) and .ru (Russian Federation).*
Source: Zooknic, December 2012; Verisign, December 2012
The .com and .net TLD registrations experienced a 6.4 percent increase over Q4’2011, bringing the combined total number of domain names in the adjusted zone to approximately 121.1 million. New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.0 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 third quarter of 2012 was 72.9 percent, up from 72.5 percent in the third quarter of 2012.
Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the fourth quarter of 2012 was 77 billion, across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 123 billion. Compared to the third quarter of 2012, the daily average increased 16 percent and the peak increased 20.4 percent.
The latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief also offers a high-level overview of the challenges and opportunities that big data presents companies of all sizes. “Big Data Can Pose Big Challenges, and Opportunities, for Organizations” also includes a synopsis of the data generated within the DNS, and how companies could use this data to inform business strategy and possibly improve network security.
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.