Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), just issued its Domain Name Industry Brief Report for the third quarter of 2011.
As of September 30, 2011 there are nearly 220 million domain names registered worldwide across all extensions and out of which 112 Million are .com and .net domain names.
The increase of 4.9 million domain names equates to a growth rate of 2.3% over the second quarter of 2011, and an 8.2% increase over the same quarter in 2010.
It also marks the third straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth
The Internet saw the addition of 4.5 million domain names in the first quarter (a 2.2 percent increase) and 5.2 million domain names in the second quarter (a 2.5 percent increase).
The .com and .net Top Level Domains (TLDs) experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter, reaching a combined total of 112 million names.
New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million during the quarter a 5.9% increase year-over-year in new registrations.
The .com/.net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2011 was 73.3%, up from 73.1% for the second quarter.
The top TLD’s after .com in order were:
.uk (united Kingdom)
.eu (European Union)