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June 22, 2011

The State of the Domain Naming Industry

New Registration Growth
Source: Zooknic, April 2011; Verisign, May 2011; ICANN Monthly Reports
Total Domain Name Registrations
Source: Zooknic, April 2011; Verisign, May 2011

The first quarter of 2011 closed with a base of more than 209.8 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain names, or 2.2 percent over the fourth quarter.

Registrations have grown by 15.3 million, or 7.9 percent over the past year. The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 81.7 million domain names, a 2.1 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 5.1 percent increase year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the first quarter, surpassing a combined total of 108 million names. New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.3 million during the quarter. This is a 9.2 percent increase year over year in new registrations, and 2.7 percent increase from the fourth quarter.

The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed compared to the fourth quarter, as .uk (United Kingdom) moved from fifth to fourth largest TLD, dropping .org from fourth to fifth. Also, .cn (China) dropped from seventh to ninth largest which allowed .nl (Netherlands) and .eu (European Union) to move up one spot each to seventh and eighth largest, respectively. The largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order, .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk, .org, .info, .nl, .eu, .cn and .ru (Russian Federation).


Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, Australia, France, the United States and Canada each exceeded 4 percent quarter over quarter growth. Last quarter, four of the top 20 exceeded the same threshold. Australia and Canada were the only top 20 ccTLDs exceeding 20 percent year over year growth. Last quarter, four of the top 20 exceeded this threshold. There are more than 240 ccTLD extensions globally, with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 61 percent of all registrations.