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Verisign's Latest Domain Name Industry Brief Shows Global Registrations Jumped 11% in Past Year

Verisign, the administrator of the .com and .net registries, released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) covering the first quarter of 2016 today. The 1Q-2016 DNIB, covering all domain extensions, revealed total domain registrations worldwide had reached 326.4 million at the end of the first quarter. That is 12 million more than the number at the end of the previous quarter, representing a 3.8% increase in 90 days. 

The year over year jump was 32.4 milion names - a  healthy double digit increase of 11%. Verisign said .com, the world's most popular extension by far, now has 126.6 million registrations with .net reaching 15.9 million. Between the two their 142.5 million total registration is 7.1% more than at this time last year.

The latest DNIB also revealed that 4.9% of all current registrations represent new gTLDs with 16.1 million of those now on the books. The total number of ccTLDs rose to 148.2 million - an 8.2% increase year over year (10.4% if you take out .tk which is an extension that is given away at no charge). You can download the full brief (with more interesting data) here. There is also an infographic version here.

(Posted July 19, 2016) 


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