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Steady growth for domain names in 2018

At the end of 2018, Verisign, the authoritative Registry for all .COM, .NET, .NAME, .CC, .TV, .EDU, .GOV and .JOBS domain names, published its third quarter report for 2018.

According to the report, at the end of September there were approximately 342.4 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), which represented an increase of approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5%, year over year. For the same period, the number of country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) registered was approximately 149.3 million, an increase of approximately 4.6 million, or 3.2%, year over year. Finally, for the same period, the total number of new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registrations was approximately 23.4 million, an increase of approximately 2.3 million, or 10.9%, year over year.

New .COM and .NET domain name registrations totaled approximately 9.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, compared to 8.9 million domain name registrations at the end of the third quarter of 2017.

The Top 10 largest TLDs remained generally unchanged year over year, with the exception of .NL (Netherlands) and .INFO, which swapped ninth and tenth places.

As of 30 September 2018, the largest TLDs were:

.COM   137.6 million

.CN (China) 22.7 million

.TK (Tokelau)   21.5 million

.DE (Germany) 16.2 million

.NET 14.1 million

.UK (United Kingdom) 11.9 million

.ORG 10.3 million

.RU (Russia)   5.9 million

.NL (Netherlands)   5.8 million

.INFO 5.0 million

The top 10 largest ccTLDs also remained generally the same year over year with the only change being .FR (France) and .AU (Australia) swapping ninth and tenth places.

The top 10 ccTLDs, as of 30 September 2018, were:

.CN (China)   22.7 million

.TK (Tokelau) 21.5 million

.DE (Germany) 16.2 million

.UK (United Kingdom) 11.9 million

.RU (Russia) 5.9 million

.NL (Netherlands) 5.8 million

.BR (Brazil)   4.0 million

.EU (European Union) 3.8 million

.FR (France) 3.2 million

.AU (Australia) 3.2 million

The Q3 Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief can be found here.


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