More Than 196 Million Domains and Still Growing: Dot Com is Back on Boom


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Surely it does not matter what recession is showing off or people are reserving themselves for any new commitment, new business setup has picked up the pace for, at least on Internet. The global base of Internet domain names grew by more than 3 million in the second quarter of 2010 with a base of more than 196.3 million domain name registrations across all the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs).

According to latest Domain Name Industry report which has been published by VeriSign, the second quarter of 2010 represents an increase of 2% over the first quarter of 2010. New Domain registration grew by 12.3 million, a whooping 7%, compare to same second quarter of 2009.

The major contribution came from the registration of .com and .net registry which has surpassed 100 million alone, finishing the quarter with an adjusted zone size of 101.5 million. New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million during the second quarter, an increase of 13 percent from a year ago. The .com/.net renewal rate for the second quarter was 73.2 percent, up from 72.1 percent for the first quarter.


VeriSign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during second quarter 2010 was 62.5 billion per day, with a peak of 83.6 billion. Compared to first quarter 2010, the daily query average increased 16 percent and the peak grew by 32 percent. Taken annually, the daily average increased 28 percent and the peak daily queries grew 43 percent.

The latest report by VeriSign clearly indicates the boom in Dot com Industry. With such huge numbers to display and surf people are having multiple choices to compare, trade and shop for almost everything over the Internet. Such adoption has given strengthen people to explore many more opportunities and establish new business setup offline and online parallel.

The latest Domain Name Industry Brief also spotlights the industry’s progress in implementing DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), which is designed to protect users against “DNS cache poisoning” and “man-in-the-middle” attacks by cryptographically signing DNS data. In July, VeriSign joined with U.S. Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to deploy DNSSEC at the root of the DNS.

As per the VeriSign while DNSSEC may not yet be widely understood — only 43 percent of respondents said they had heard about DNSSEC and knew what problems it solved — the majority of business IT leaders who do know about it plan to deploy the technology on their networks. Of those who reported knowing about DNSSEC, 90 percent said they would implement the technology within 18 months. Only 5 percent reported that they would not implement DNSSEC.

“With so many factors pointing toward the need for widespread DNSSEC adoption, one of the greatest obstacles lies in building awareness of the technology and its value among the Internet community as a whole,” said Ken Silva, senior vice president and chief technology officer at VeriSign. “The path toward global deployment is a long one, but with the implementation of DNSSEC at the root and the growing call for DNS security measures at companies and organizations, the community has taken a significant first step.”



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