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August 17, 2018

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New Verisign Report Reveals Total Domain Registrations Worldwide Climbed to 340 Million in 2Q-2018

Verisign, the administrator or the .com and .net domain registries, has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering the 2nd quarter of 2018. The company reported that worldwide domain registrations across all extensions reached approximately 339.8 million at the end of the quarter. That is an increase of approximately 6 million domains since the end of 1Q-2018 (an increase of 1.8%) and 7.9 million year over year (a 2.4% jump).

As of June 30, 2018, the .com domain name base totaled approximately 135.6 million domain name registrations, 1.7 million more than the previous quarter (a 1.3% increase). Year over year that is about 6.4 million more .com registrations - a 5% rise.

The .nets did not fare as well. They stood at approximately 14.1 million registrations at the end of 2Q-2018, about 300,000 down from the previous quarter and approximately 1 million down from the same time a year ago (a loss of 6.6%). 

Total new gTLD domain name registrations were approximately 21.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 1.6 million domain name registrations, or 7.9%, compared to the first quarter of 2018. However, that rebound came after the new gTLDs had a massive year over year loss of over 20% of their total registrations at the end of 1Q-2018. At the end of 2Q-2018 they were still below the same point a year ago, but in that time frame the loss (down about 2.5 million names from the end of 2Q-2017) was cut in half percentage wise to minus 10.4%.

Total ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 149.7 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018, an increase of about 3.5 million domain name registrations (up 2.4%), compared to the first quarter of 2018. ccTLDs increased by approximately 5.5 million domain name registrations year over year, a 3.8% rise.

Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry. The second quarter 2018 Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB

(Posted August 17, 2018)  

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