Total Domain Registrations Grow to 280m Worldwide But Growth Slows

Registrations of domain names around the world continue to grow at a healthy clip, but it appears growth may be slowing according to a recent Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign.

According to the latest Verisign report, the total number of domain names under management (DUM) around the world grew to 280 million across all top level domains in the quarter ending 30 June, an increase of four million. For the year to 30 June there were an additional 18.6 million DUM.

This increase equated to a 1.4 percent growth compared to the first quarter of 2014 or 7.2 percent year-on-year. However this growth rate appears to be slowing. When compared to the Domain Name Industry Brief from two years ago, growth for the equivalent quarter was over 7.3 millionor 3.1 percent. For the year ending June 2012 there were an additional 25.5 million DUM or an 11.9 percent increase.

For .com and .net, both TLDs managed by Verisign, total registrations grew to a combined 128.9 million, a 3.7 percent increase year over year. But two years ago the increase was 7.8 percent. Broken down individually, at the end of June 2014 there were 113.7 million .com domain names and 15.2 million for .net.

Growth among ccTLDs was higher. For the quarter ending June 2014 DUM grew 1.7 percent to 129.3 million domain names and 11.5 percent increase year over year. But compared to two years ago, this again was a noticeable decline. In the second quarter of 2012 growth was 5.7 percent and 18.5 percent for the year.

Among the ten largest ccTLDs, two exceeded four percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: .tk (Tokelau - 7.3 percent) and .cn (China - 7.3 percent). This marks five straight quarters where .tk has exceeded four percent growth.

As of 30 June there were 283 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top ten ccTLDs comprising 66.3 percent of all ccTLD registrations.

But one figure that has been growing seemingly exponentially is the average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load. For the quarter the daily figure was 95 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 204 billion. Two years ago the query load during the second quarter was 68 billion, with a peak of 90 billion.