US based domain registry Verisign has today revealed that approximately 1.3 million global domain names registrations have been added to the internet during the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. As a result, the total number of existing domain names has been increased to 330.6 million across all top level domains.
In other words, the creation of 1.3 million new domain names in the first quarter of 2017 equates to a growth rate of 0.4% over the fourth quarter of 2016. Worldwide, domain name registrations have increased by 11.8 million, or 3.7%, year over year.
Verisign’s Q1 report also shows that the .COM and .NET TLDs had a combined total of 143.6 million existing registrations in the domain name database during the quarter, marking a 0.8% increase year over year.
Specifically, as of March 31, 2017, the number of .COM registrations stood at 128.4 million, while .NET registrations amounted to 15.2 million domain names. New .COM and .NET domain name registrations totaled 9.5 million in Q1, signifying a drop in comparison to the same period last year when 10 million such registrations were made.
At the same time, the total number of ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 143.1 million in the first quarter of 2017. This translates to an increase of 408,242 domain name registrations, or 0.3 % rise, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
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