Internet Grows to 294 Million Domain Names in the First Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by six million domain names in the first quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 294 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 1.9 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2014.[1]

.com and .net Breakdown

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.0 million domain names in the domain name base in the first quarter of 2015.[2]   In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.6 million domain names for the same period in 2014.

TLD Breakdown

In the first quarter of 2015, the top 10 TLDs in order by zone size were:

TLDs by Zone Size Q1 2015

ccTLD Breakdown

Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) reached 136.9 million domain names at the end of Q1 2015, a 2.2 percent increase quarter over quarter. As of March 31, 2015, the top 10 ccTLDs by zone size were:

ccTLDs by Zone Size in Q1 2015

New gTLD Breakdown

At the end of Q1 2015, new gTLD (ngTLDs) registrations totaled 4.8 million, which represents 1.6 percent of total TLD registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations were:

geo ngTLDs vs ccTLDs in Q1 2015

DNS Query Load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the first quarter of 2015 was 119 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 165 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 40.2 percent and the peak increased 37.9 percent.

For more domain stats from the first quarter of 2015, check out the Q1 2015 infographic below and the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief.


[1] The generic top-level domain (gTLD) and ccTLD data cited in the DNIB report are estimates as of the time of the report was developed, and is subject to change as more complete data is received. Total includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names.

[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 client or server hold status.

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