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Latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief for Q1 2007 Released


By Derek Iwasiuk
June 06, 2007

Key Industry Stats and Trends for Q1 2007:

  • Top Level Domain (TLD) registration growth reached 31 percent year-over-year, and 6 percent over most recent quarter
  • Country code TLD (ccTLD) growth of 33 percent year-over-year, and 5 percent quarter-over-quarter
  • New ccTLD registrations were up 86 percent year-over-year
  • 10.7 million total new registrations worldwide in Q1 2007
  • Total worldwide base of 128 million domain name registrations
  • 7 million registrations for new .com and .net domain names in Q1 2007

VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, has released the VeriSign® Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2007. The brief, which highlights key industry data for worldwide domain name activity, reports that total domain name registrations reached 128 million, representing a 31 percent increase over the same quarter in the previous year, and a 6 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2006.

New domain name registrations reached 10.7 million during the first quarter of 2007, a signal that strong growth continues for the domain name industry. Coming off an unusually vigorous new registration rate in the fourth quarter of 2006, the first quarter’s new registrations dropped 8 percent quarter-over-quarter, but showed a strong year-over-year increase of 25 percent.

Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) increased 33 percent year-over-year to 45.7 million, and 5 percent from the previous quarter. Though the approximately 2 million new ccTLD registrations totaled just roughly half of the record-breaking ccTLDs added last quarter, the number reflects an 86 percent increase from ccTLD registrations year-over-year.

VeriSign processed approximately 7 million new registrations for .com and .net domain names in the first quarter of 2007. This represented a 13 percent increase over the fourth quarter 2006 and a 13 percent increase over the first quarter 2006. At the close of the first quarter, VeriSign counted 69 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the base. This represents a 6 percent increase in the first quarter 2007 compared to the fourth quarter 2006, and a 28 percent increase year-over-year.

VeriSign processed an average of 30 billion Domain Name System (DNS) queries per day in the first quarter of 2007, resulting in millions of Internet users accessing Web sites or sending email. The VeriSign DNS continued to maintain operational accuracy and stability for 100 percent of the time during the first quarter of 2007 as it has for the past nine years.

Growth of .tv TLD Signals Trend
The VeriSign report also outlines emerging new opportunities for the .tv TLD. According to eMarketer, nearly 60 percent of U.S. Internet users – or 107.7 million people – regularly watched online video content in 2006. By positioning itself as the TLD that reflects more than the address of a Web site, the .tv TLD can earn global recognition as a destination for compelling rich media.

“The rapid and universal rise of online video is well documented,” said Raynor Dahlquist, vice president at VeriSign. “This latest report notes that the .tv extension translates across cultures and geographies, since ‘TV’ triggers the same association in China as it does in Spain or the United States. Throughout the world, the phrase ‘TV’ means world-class entertainment, which explains why including major broadcast networks, sports leagues, gaming sites and training organizations have adopted the .tv extension for their business. This trend shows every sign of continued growth.”

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