Latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief Underscores Growth of Internet Internationally
By Derek Iwasiuk
The number of domain names registered globally now totals more than 138 million, according to the second quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world.
The largest top-level domains (TLD)
in terms of total base of registrations are .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United
Kingdom), .cn (China) and .org. A factor in the expansion
of domain name registrations in the second quarter was strong growth in country
code TLD (ccTLD) registrations,
such as China (.cn), Russia (.ru) and South Korea (.kr). ccTLDs grew to about
51.5 million by the end of the second quarter, approximately 13 percent more
than the first quarter of 2007, and 36 percent more than the same quarter of
last year. Other gTLDs saw growth as well, including .com and .net, which grew
to 73 million domain name registrations.
Not surprisingly, as domain name registrations increased, so
have the demands on the registry infrastructures that enable users to register
domain names, access Web sites, send emails or conduct commerce and
communications. VeriSign’s registry infrastructure continued to experience
heavy demand, processing a peak of 30 billion Domain Name System (DNS) queries
per day in the second quarter. The VeriSign DNS continued to maintain
operational accuracy and stability for 100 percent of the time as it has for
the past nine years. As part of its commitment to continually strengthen its
infrastructure, VeriSign in February announced Project Titan, a major
initiative to expand and diversify the capacity of its global Internet
infrastructure by ten times by the year 2010.
“As the Internet grows and becomes more global, so
does the challenge to ensure that businesses and Internet users throughout the
world can rely upon it,” said Raynor Dahlquist, vice president of Naming
Services at VeriSign. “VeriSign is focused on ensuring that as the
Internet develops, it remains accessible and operational around the world.”
The latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief also underscores
the growing importance of international business for the more than 840 .com and
.net domain name registrars throughout the world. These registrars and their
resellers comprise the channel through which domain names are registered. A
recent survey conducted by VeriSign found that 80 percent of all registrars
draw business from countries outside their home country. Overall, registrars
say they view expansion to other countries as an attractive way to build their
businesses, with a third of those surveyed planning to expand geographically in
the next 12 months.
VeriSign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users throughout the world with significant statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry and the Internet as a whole. Copies of the 2007 second quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at www.verisign.com/domainbrief.
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), operates digital infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world’s voice and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.
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