VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and internet security, today announced that the third quarter of 2017 closed with approximately 330.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a decrease of approximately 1.2 million domain name registrations as of September 30, 2017.1
The decrease of approximately 1.2 million domain name registrations globally equates to a decline rate of 0.4 percent over the second quarter of 2017.1 Domain name registrations have grown by 1.1 percent, year over year.1
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 145.8 million domain name registrations in the domain name base in the third quarter of 2017. This represents a 1.2 percent increase year over year. As of September 30, 2017, the .com domain name base totaled 130.8 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 15.0 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 8.9 million during the third quarter of 2017. In the third quarter of 2016, new .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 8.3 million.
Total ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 144.7 million in the third quarter of 2017, with an increase of 0.3 percent increase as compared to the second quarter of 2017.1
ccTLDs increased by approximately 4.5 million domain name registrations, or 3.2 percent, year over year.1,2 Without including .tk, ccTLD domain name registrations increased approximately 0.4 million in the third quarter of 2017, a 0.4 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2017 and ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.7 million domain name registrations, or 3.1 percent, year over year.
Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry. The second quarter 2017 Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB.