The internet has 364.6 million domain name registrations at the end of the third quarter of 2021
RESTON, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registration and Internet infrastructure services, today announced that the third quarter of 2021 closed with 364.6 million domain name registrations in all top-level domains, down 2.7 million domain name registrations, or 0.7%, from the second quarter of 2021.1.2 Domain name registrations were down 6.1 million, or 1.6%, year over year.1.2
.Com and .net TLDs totaled 172.1 million domain name registrations in the domain name database3 At the end of the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 1.5 million domain name registrations, or 0.9%, compared to the second quarter of 2021. Both .com and .net TLDs saw a combined increase of 8 , 3 million domain name registrations, or 5.1%, year after year. As of September 30, 2021, the .com domain name base had 158.6 million domain name registrations, and the .net domain name base had 13.5 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 10.7 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021, compared to 10.9 million domain name registrations at the end of the third quarter of 2020.
Verisign publishes The Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users around the world with research, statistical and analytical data on the domain name industry. The domain name industry dossier for the third quarter of 2021, as well as previous dossiers, 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. The .tk area reflected here is based on data for the fourth quarter of 2020, which is the most recent data available. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3M-Series-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s.
2 Generic TLD, ngTLD and ccTLD data cited in the brief: (i) include internationalized domain names (IDN) ccTLDs, (ii) are an estimate at the time the brief was developed and (iii) are subject to change as of as the 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 .com and .net domain names are those shown in Verisign’s latest SEC filings.