Domain name and Internet security company VeriSign announced that approximately 3.1 million domain names were added to the Internet during the third quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to approximately 299 million in the world in all top-level domains (TLDs). of September 30.
The increase of approximately 3.1 million domain names worldwide equates to a growth rate of 1.1% compared to the second quarter of 2015. Global registrations increased by 14.8 million, or 5, 2%, year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced overall growth in the third quarter of 2015, reaching a combined total of approximately 135.2 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 3.4% year-over-year increase. As of September 30, the .com domain name base equaled 120.1 million names, while .net equaled 15.1 million names.
In the third quarter, Verisign processed 9.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 8.7 million domain names for the same period in 2014.
During the third quarter of 2015, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was approximately 120 billion queries per day across all TLDs operated by Verisign, peaking at nearly 593 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the average daily query load increased by 8.0% and the peak increased by 225.3%. Year over year, the average daily query load increased by 4.8% and the peak increased by 86.4%.