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.AU Now 8th Largest ccTLD

December 3, 2014

The latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign shows the .AU namespace to be the 8th largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).

The previous Brief in August, covering to the end of Q1 this year, pegged .AU at number 10.

Total ccTLD registrations numbered approximately 129.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, with 2.2 million new domain names registered, or a 1.7 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2014. Compared to the same time last year, ccTLD growth of 11.5 percent has been achieved - 13.3 million domain names.

The ccTLD leaderboard as at end of June 2014:

  1. .TK - Tokelau
  2. .DE - Germany
  3. .CN - China
  4. .UK - United Kingdom
  5. .NL - Netherlands
  6. .RU - Russia
  7. .BR - Brazil
  8. .AU - Australia
  9. .FR - France
  10. .IT - Italy

The top 10 ccTLDs made up two-thirds of all ccTLD registrations for the period (there are a total of 283 global ccTLD extensions). The Brief notes two of the top 10 achieved growth of more than 4 percent for the quarter - Tokelau (7.3 percent) and China (7.3 percent).

Overall, the second quarter of 2014 ended with a base of 280 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a jump of  18.6 million registrations, or 7.2 percent, year over year.

The .COM and .NET extensions reached a combined  128.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the second quarter of this year; representing a 3.7 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

An ominous statistic in the report relating to DNS (Domain Name System) issues was the average peak DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack size increasing 291% over the previous year.

Verisign's Domain Name Industry Brief December 2014 can be viewed in full here (PDF).

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