The Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief released today reports first quarter of 2017 closing with approximately 330.6 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.4 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016. Domain name registrations have grown by 11.8 million, or 3.7 percent, year over year.
— Largest ccTLDs by Number of Reported Domain Names: Total ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 143.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, with an increase of 408,242 domain name registrations, or a 0.3 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.1,2 ccTLDs increased by approximately 2.4 million domain name registrations, or 1.7 percent, year over year.1,2 Without including .tk, ccTLD domain name registrations increased approximately 568,242 in the first quarter of 2017, a 0.5 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and ccTLDs increased by approximately 4.6 million domain name registrations, or 3.9 percent, year over year.
The top 10 ccTLDs, as of March 31, 2017, were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), .au (Australia) and .it (Italy). Source: Verisign / Zooknic, Q1 2017
— The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 143.6 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 in the first quarter of 2017. This represents a 0.8 percent increase year over year. As of March 31, 2017, the .com domain name base totaled 128.4 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 15.2 million domain name registrations.
— New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.5 million during the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2016, new .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 10 million.
— New gTLDs as Percentage of Total TLDs: As of March 31, 2017, new gTLDs (ngTLD) totaled 25.4 million domain name registrations, which represents 7.7 percent of total domain name registrations. The top 10 ngTLDs represented 64.1 percent of all ngTLD domain name registrations. The following charts show ngTLD domain name registrations as a percentage of overall TLD domain name registrations, and also the top 10 ngTLDs as a percentage of all ngTLD domain name registrations for the first quarter of 2017.
New gTLDs As Percentage of Total TLDs – Source: Centralized Zone Data Service, Q1 2017 and Zooknic, Q1 2017
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