RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and
internet security, today announced that approximately 1.3 million domain
name registrations were added to the internet in the first quarter of
2017, bringing the total number of domain name registrations to
approximately 330.6 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of
March 31, 2017.1
The increase of approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations
globally equates to a growth rate of 0.4 percent over the fourth quarter
of 2016.1 Domain name registrations have grown by 11.8
million, or 3.7 percent, year over year.1
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 143.6
million domain name registrations in the domain name base in the first
quarter of 2017. This represents a 0.8 percent increase year over year.
As of March 31, 2017, the .com domain name base totaled 128.4 million
domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 15.2
million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.5 million during
the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2016, new .com and
.net domain name registrations totaled 10 million.
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 2017 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 function for the core of the internet's Domain Name System
(DNS). Verisign's Security Services include Distributed Denial of
Service Protection and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to
be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.
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1 .tk is a ccTLD that is provided for free to individuals and
businesses worldwide (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3MSeries-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s).
The zone size for .tk was last estimated by Zooknic in Q4 2014 and this
zone size was subsequently used in the Q4 2014 through Q2 2016 DNIBs. In
Q3 2016, Zooknic reported a significant decline in the .tk zone and
restated the estimated zone size of .tk for each quarter from Q4 2014
through Q3 2016 using a proprietary methodology. As a result, for
comparative purposes of this DNIB to the Q1 2016 DNIB, Verisign has
applied an updated estimate of the total zone size across all TLDs for
Q1 2016 of 318.8 million and an updated estimate of the total ccTLD zone
size for Q1 2016 of 140.6 million.
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David Atchley, 703-948-4643
Erin Collins, 703-948-4214
Source: VeriSign, Inc.
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