Internet increases to 296 million domain names in the second quarter of 2015



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We published the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief which reports that the internet grew by two million domain names in the second quarter of 2015 and closed with a base of 296 million domain names in all domains of first level (TLD). This is an increase of 0.8% compared to the first quarter of 2015.[1]

.Com and .net distribution

The .com and .net TLDs experienced overall growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.5 million domain names in the domain name base in the second quarter of 2015.[2] New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. In the second quarter of 2014, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million.

Distribution of TLDs

In Q2 2015, the top 10 TLDs ranked by zone size were:

Distribution of ccTLDs

National Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) reached 138 million domain names at the end of the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.0% quarter over quarter. As of June 30, 2015, the top 10 ccTLDs by zone size were:

Distribution of new gTLDs

At the end of the second quarter of 2015, new gTLD registrations (ngTLDs) totaled 5.86 million, which represents 2% of total TLD registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs accounted for 44.6% of all ngTLD domain name registrations. The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of all TLD domain name registrations, as well as the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations.

DNS query load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the second quarter of 2015 was 111 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, peaking at 182 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 16.6 percent and the peak declined 10.8 percent.

[2] The domain name base is the active zone plus the number of domain names that are registered but not configured for use in the respective top-level domain zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a state of client or server retention.


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