Internet has 341.7 million domain name registrations at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021
RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registration and Internet infrastructure services, today announced that the fourth quarter of 2021 ended with 341.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains, an increase of 3.3 million domain name registrations, or 1.0%, compared to the third quarter of 2021.1.2 Domain name registrations increased by 1.6 million, or 0.5%, year over year.1.2
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 173.4 million domain name registrations in the domain name database3 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 1.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, compared to the third quarter of 2021. The .com and .net TLDs saw a combined increase of 8 .2 million domain name registrations, or 5.0%, year over year. As of December 31, 2021, the .com domain name database totaled 160.0 million domain name registrations, and the .net domain name database totaled 13.4 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 10.6 million at the end of Q4 2021, compared to 10.5 million domain name registrations at the end of Q4 2020.
Verisign publishes The Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users worldwide with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry. The Domain Name Industry Brief for Q4 2021, as well as previous briefs, can be obtained at verisign.com/dnib.
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1 All figures exclude domain names in the ccTLDs .tk, .cf, .ga, .gq and .ml. Quarterly and year-over-year trends were calculated against historical figures which were also adjusted to exclude these five ccTLDs. For more information, please see the Editor’s Note contained in the complete Domain Name Industry Brief.
2 The generic TLD, ngTLD and ccTLD data cited in the summary: (i) includes the ccTLD internationalized domain names, (ii) is an estimate at the time of the preparation of the summary and (iii) is subject to change as that more complete data is received. Some numbers in the summary may reflect standard rounding.
3 The basis of the domain name 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 as shown in Verisign’s latest filings with the SEC.