Internet Grows to 296 Million Domain Names in Second Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by two million domain names in the second quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 296 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 0.8 percent increase over the first quarter of 2015.[1]

.com and .net Breakdown

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.5 million domain names in the domain name base in the second quarter of 2015.[2] New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.7 million during the second quarter of 2015. In the second quarter of 2014, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.5 million.

TLD Breakdown

In the second quarter of 2015, the top 10 TLDs in order by zone size were:3c49cd8d-42e1-4ace-a187-eda358319a43

ccTLD Breakdown

Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) reached 138 million domain names at the end of Q2 2015, a 1.0 percent increase quarter over quarter. As of June 30, 2015, the top 10 ccTLDs by zone size were:

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New gTLD Breakdown

At the end of Q2 2015, new gTLD (ngTLDs) registrations totaled 5.86 million, which represents 2 percent of total TLD registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 44.6 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations. The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, and also the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations.

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DNS Query Load

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the second quarter of 2015 was 111 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 182 billion. Year over year, the daily average increased 16.6 percent and the peak decreased 10.8 percent.

For more domain stats from the second quarter of 2015, check out 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 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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