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265 Million Domains Registered

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.

Results 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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