VeriSign’s Q2 2012 Domain Name Brief Shows 3.1 Percent Domain Increase

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Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign announced on Tuesday it has published its Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows an increase of 7.3 million domain names globally from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2012.

More than seven million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names at June 30, 2012, to more than 240 million worldwide across all domains.

The spike in domain names equates to a growth rate of 3.1 percent over the first quarter of 2012, and marks the sixth straight quarter with greater than two percent growth. Worldwide registrations have grown by 25.5 million, or 11.9 percent, since the second quarter of 2011.

The .com and .net top-level domains experienced aggregate growth in the second quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 118.5 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net.

This represents a 1.6 percent increase in the base over the first quarter of 2012 and a 7.8 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

At June 30, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 103.7 million names, while .net equaled 14.8 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.4 million during the second quarter of 2012, representing a 4.2 percent year-over-year increase in new registrations.

Meanwhile, the .com/.net renewal rate for the second quarter of 2012 was 72.9 percent, showing a 1 percent decrease when compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Verisign’s average daily DNS query load during the second quarter of 2012 was 68 billion, with a peak of 90 billion, which shows a daily average increase of 1.9 percent and the peak increase of 21 percent over the previous quarter.

Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief provides Internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry.
The 2012 second quarter Domain Name Industry Brief can be viewed on VeriSign’s website.

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