RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registration services and Internet infrastructure, today announced it closed the first quarter of 2022 with 350.5 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains, an increase of 8.8 million domain name registrations, or 2.6%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.1.2 Domain name registrations are up 13.2 million or 3.9% year over year.1.2
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 174.7 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end of the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 1.2 million domain name registrations, or 0.7%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.7 million domain name registrations, or 4.0%, year over year. On March 31, 2022, the number of .com domain names amounted to 161.3 million domain name registrations and the number of .net domain names 13.4 million domain name registrations.
New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 10.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2022, compared to 11.6 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The total number of country code TLD domain name registrations was 133.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 6.0 million domain name registrations, or 4.7%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.1.2 ccTLDs were up 3.1 million domain name registrations, or 2.4%, year on year. The top 10 ccTLDs, as of March 31, 2022, were .cn, .de, .uk, .nl, .ru, .br, .fr, .eu, .au and .it.1.2
Verisign publishes The Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users around the world with statistical and analytical research and data about the domain name industry. The Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2022, as well as previous documents, can be obtained at: verisign.com/dnib†
Verisign, a global provider of domain name registration and Internet infrastructure services, powers Internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign ensures the security, stability and resilience of key Internet infrastructure and services, including the provision of root zone maintenance services, serving two of the 13 global Internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net networks. 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 All figures exclude domain names in the .tk, .cf, .ga, .gq, and .ml ccTLDs. Quarterly and year-over-year trends have been calculated against historical figures that have also been adjusted to exclude these five ccTLDs. For more information, see the Editor’s Note in Vol 19, Issue 1 of The Domain Name Industry Brief†
2 The generic TLD, ngTLD and ccTLD data mentioned in the briefing: (i) includes ccTLD internationalized domain names, (ii) is an estimate from the time the contract was developed and (iii) is subject to change as more complete data is received. Some numbers in the overview may reflect the default rounding.
3 The domain name base 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 on client or server hold. The .com and .net domain name registration figures are as stated in Verisign’s most recent SEC filings.