Internet Surpasses 193 Million Domain Name Registrations in First Quarter of 2010 – Domain Name News, The Domain Industry News, ICANN News, Registry News, Domainer News, Domain
The Internet grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign,the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.
The Domain Name Industry ended the first quarter of 2010 with a base of more than 193 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domain Names TLDs, an increase of 11 million domain name registrations, or 6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, domain name registrations grew 0.6 percent.The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 99.3 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010.
This represents a 2.7 percent increase over the fourth quarter and a 7 percent increase over the same quarter in 2009. New .com and .net registrations were added at an average of approximately 2.7 million per month in the first quarter of 2010 for a total of 8.1 million new registrations in the quarter.
The renewal rate for the first quarter of 2010 was 72 percent, an increase from the fourth quarter of 2009, which was 71.2 percent. Quarterly renewal rates may deviate a few percentage points in either direction each quarter based upon the composition of the expiring base and the contribution of specific registrars.
VeriSign average daily Domain Name System DNS query load during first quarter 2010 was 54 billion per day with peaks as high as 63.2 billion per day. Compared to fourth quarter 2009, the daily query average and the daily peak queries both saw an increase of 4 percent. Taken annually, the daily average increased 41 percent and the peak daily queries grew 43 percent.