The Internet has added 24 million new domain names according to the fourth quarter 2008 Domain Name Industry Brief by VeriSign. Year 2008 ended with 177 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domains (TLDs). This shows a growth of 16 percent over the previous year. 10.1 million New domain names were registered in forth quarter of year 2008 across all TLDs. The composition of the domain name industry and rank order in terms of base size remained consistent in the fourth quarter. The five largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net, and .org.
The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 90.4 million at the end of 2008. This represents a 12 percent increase over the previous year and a one percent increase over the third quarter of 2008.
New Registration Growth
.Com/.Net Registry Renewal Rates
Jill McNabb, vice president, Naming Services at VeriSign, Said
The potential for internationalized TLDs to enable a universally accessible Internet is promising, but it must be done right. A careless or rushed approach will expose the community to a high risk of failure over technical and business issues. VeriSign is committed to working with ICANN and others to achieve a safe, consistent and ubiquitous user experience, while protecting company brands and their customers around the world.