RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registration and Internet infrastructure services, today announced that the first quarter of 2021 ended with 363.5 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a decline of 2.8 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, from the fourth quarter of 2020.1.2 Domain name registrations were down 3.3 million, or 0.9%, year-over-year.1.2
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 168.0 million domain name registrations in the domain name database3 at the end of the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 2.8 million domain name registrations, or 1.7%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. The .com and .net TLDs saw a combined increase of 7 .3 million domain name registrations, or 4.6%, year over year. As of March 31, 2021, the .com domain name database totaled 154.6 million domain name registrations and the .net domain name database totaled 13.4 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 11.6 million at the end of Q1 2021, compared to 10.0 million domain name registrations at the end of Q1 2020.
Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Overview to provide Internet users around the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry. The first quarter of 2021 Domain Name Industry Overview, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at verisign.com/dnib.
Verisign, a global provider of domain name registration services and Internet infrastructure, enables Internet browsing for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key Internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintenance services, operating two of 13 global Internet root servers, and providing registration and resolution services authoritative for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, visit verisign.com.
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1 The digit(s) includes the domain names in the .tk country code TLD (ccTLD). .tk is a ccTLD that provides free domain names to individuals and businesses. Revenue is generated by monetizing expired domain names. Domain names which are no longer used by the holder or which have expired are taken over by the registry and the residual traffic is sold to advertising agencies. As such, there are no deleted .tk domain names. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3M-Series-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s.
2Data on generic top-level domains (gTLDs), new gTLDs (ngTLDs), and ccTLDs cited in the note: (i) include Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) ccTLDs, (ii) are an estimate at the time of the note has been compiled and (iii) is subject to change as more complete data is received. Some numbers in the summary may reflect standard rounding.
3 The basis of the domain name is the active zone plus the number of domain names that are registered but not configured for use in the respective TLD zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a client or server retention state . .com and .net domain name registration numbers are as reported in Verisign’s latest SEC filings.