November 18, 2013
The latest data from Verisign states 265 million domain names were registered globally at the end of the third quarter of this year, up 8% from Q3 last year.
Base country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) represented 119.5 million of that figure - up 14% on the same period last year. 8.3 million new .COM and .NET domain names were registered up until the end of quarter 3.
Verisign states top ten ccTLDs account for 65% of all ccTLD registrations globally.
Leading the pack still is .TK (Tokelau) and .DE (Germany); followed by .UK (United Kingdom). The success of .TK is largely based on free registration; although some would say registering a .TK name for a business could be unwise.
Verisign says its average daily DNS query load in Q3 2013 hit 82 billion - up 22.2% on last year. The company operates two of the world's 13 Internet root servers.
While having slipped down a couple of ranks during 2013, the .AU namespace is still ranked in the top 10 ccTLD's - but only just.
At the time of writing, the number of .AU domains registered was 2,752,890. The .AU extension reached 2 million active registrations on March 7, 2011 - so it seems the 3 million-mark celebration will likely be sometime next year. According to AUSRegistry, 54,813 .AU domains were registered in October and there were 42 accredited AU registrars; plus 4 provisional.
of a survey of more than 10,000 Australians published in October show one in
four have at least one domain name registered. Of those, 74% of
registrants chose .AU for their online presence.
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