Internet has 363.5 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2021
RESTON, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registration and Internet infrastructure services, today announced the close of the first quarter of 2021 with 363.5 million registrations of domain names in all top-level domains (TLDs), a decrease of 2.8 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, from the fourth quarter of 2020.1.2 Domain name registrations were down 3.3 million, or 0.9%, year over year.1.2
.Com and .net TLDs totaled 168.0 million domain name registrations in the domain name database3 at the end of the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 2.8 million domain name registrations, or 1.7%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. The .com and .net TLDs saw a combined increase of 7 , 3 million domain name registrations, or 4.6%, year over year. As of March 31, 2021, the .com domain name database had 154.6 million domain name registrations, and the .net domain name database had 13.4 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 11.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, compared to 10.0 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Verisign publishes File on the domain name industry to provide Internet users around the world with research and statistical and analytical data on the domain name industry. The first quarter of 2021 File on the domain name industry, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at verisign.com/dnib.
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1 The numbers include domain names in the .tk country code TLD (ccTLD). .tk is a ccTLD that provides free domain names to individuals and businesses. Revenue is generated by monetizing expired domain names. Domain names that are no longer used by the holder or have expired are taken over by the registry and the residual traffic is sold to advertising agencies. As such, there are no deleted .tk domain names. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Close-3M-Series-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s.
2Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), New gTLD (ngTLD) and ccTLD Data cited in the brief: (i) includes internationalized domain names (IDN) ccTLDs, (ii) is an estimate at the time of filing thesis development (iii) is subject to change as more complete data is received. Some figures in memory may reflect standard rounding.
3 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 TLD zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a client or server retention state . The registration numbers for the .com and .net domain names are those shown in the latest documents filed by Verisign with the SEC.