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The World Keeps on Digitalizing

Derek Iwasiuk
March 10, 2008


VeriSign, the company that manages .com, .net and .tv domains, released its end of year 2007 "Domain Name Industry Brief” report. It illustrates strong domain name registrations signaling that the “digitalization” of the world is continuing. The Internet grew by nearly 33 million domain names in 2007. The Domain Name Industry closed 2007 with more than 153 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLD).

The total base of Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) was 58 million, a 33 percent increase year over year and a six percent increase quarter over quarter.

Across all of the Generic Top Level Domain Names (gTLDs) and ccTLDs, .com has the highest base followed by .de (Germany), .net and .cn (China). The fifth place is shared by .uk (United Kingdom) and .org. with approximately the same size base of domain name registrations, followed by .info, .eu (European Union), .biz and .mobi. Viewed on an annual basis, four of the largest ccTLDs surpassed the 50 percent mark: .cn (399 percent), .ru (61 percent), .es (52 percent) and .tv (51 percent). Variety of factors led to the growth of these domain names. The .cn Registry continued its price promotion. The .ru benefited from continued growth of its Internet industry and .es continued its growth accelerated by liberalization of its registration requirements a few years ago. VeriSign, who manages the .tv domain name registry, conducted media outreach and promotions designed to establish .tv as the domain name for rich media content and capture the explosive growth of online video.

According to the report, the .com and .net adjusted base surpassed 80.40 million domain name registrations at the end of 2007, representing a 24% increase year over year. Sequentially this number grew by 4% over the last quarter.

The report further states that the adjusted base grew by 3.5 million domain names in the fourth quarter and 15.4 million over the entire year. New .com and .net domain name registrations were added at an average of 2.5 million per month in the fourth quarter of 2007 for a total of 7.5 million new registrations.

The report is also focused on facilitating the innovation and scaling of Internet added by the new features of IPv6. One of the primary benefits of IPv6 is a larger address space that provides for greater flexibility in assigning addresses. Due to the increasing number of Internet users and proliferation of IP-addressable devices such as wireless mobile devices and gaming consoles, a greater need for larger address space is arising. This proliferation also has the potential for growth opportunities for domain names to manage these devices. The report points out that the scarcity of IPv4 address space restricts the introduction of applications, as well as, innovative new services that can be rolled out across both business and home networks.

You can read the entire report at www.verisign.com/domainbrief


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