RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and
internet security, today announced that approximately 12 million domain
names were added to the internet in the first quarter of 2016, bringing
the total number of registered domain names to approximately 326.4
million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of March 31,
2016, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.
The increase of approximately 12 million domain names globally equates
to a growth rate of 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015.
Worldwide registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the first quarter
of 2016, reaching a combined total of approximately 142.5 million .com
and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 7.1
percent increase year over year. As of March 31, 2016, the domain name
base of .com equaled 126.6 million names, while .net equaled 15.9
In the first quarter, Verisign processed 10 million new domain name
registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.7 million domain names
for the same period in 2015.
During the first quarter of 2016, Verisign's average daily Domain Name
System (DNS) query load was approximately 124 billion queries per day
across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of nearly 189 billion.
Quarter over quarter, the daily average query load increased 0.5 percent
and the peak decreased by 2.7 percent. Year over year, the daily average
query load increased by 3.5 percent, and the peak increased by 14.2
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 first quarter 2016 Domain Name
Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB.
Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, enables
internet navigation for many of the world's most recognized domain names
and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world.
Verisign ensures the security, stability and resiliency of key internet
infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains and two
of the internet's root servers, as well as performs the root-zone
maintainer functions for the core of the internet's Domain Name System
(DNS). Verisign's Security Services include intelligence-driven
Distributed Denial of Service Protection, iDefense Security Intelligence
and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by
Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.
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David Atchley, 703-948-4643
Erin Collins, 571-455-8512
Source: VeriSign, Inc.
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