Internet Grows to 299 Million Domain Names in Q3
VeriSign, Inc., a global leader in domain names and internet security today announced that there are approximately 229 million domain names worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of September 30, 2015. The number reached this tally after an additional 3.1 million domain names were added to the internet in the third quarter of 2015.
The 3.1 million increase in domain names also leads to a 1.1 percent increase over the second quarter of 2015. The .com and .net TLDs reached an aggregate total of approximately 135.2 million domains in the domain name base. This makes it a 3.4 percent yearly increase. As of September 30th, there are 120.1 million .com domain names and 15.1 million .net names.
During the third quarter, Verisign processed 9.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.7 million domain names for the same period last year. The company’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was about 120 billion queries per day across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak reaching to 593 billion. Furthermore, the daily average query load increased 8.0 percent and the peak increased by 225.3 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased by 4.8 percent, and the peak increased by 86.4 percent.