Internet Grows to More Than 246 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2012
RESTON, VA, Dec 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
More than five million domain names were added to the Internet in
the third quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered
domain names as of Sept. 30, 2012, to more than 246 million worldwide
across all Top-Level Domains, according to the latest Domain Name
Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the
trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the
The increase of 5.7 million domain names globally equates to a growth
rate of 2.4 percent over the second quarter of 2012, and marks the
seventh straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth.
Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.4 million, or 12 percent,
since the third quarter of 2011.
The .com and .net Top-Level Domains (TLDs) experienced aggregate
growth in the third quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of
approximately 119.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for
.com and .net. This represents a 1 percent increase in the base over
the second quarter of 2012 and a 7.1 percent increase over the third
quarter of 2011. As of Sept. 30, 2012, the base of registered names
in .com equaled 105 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million
New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.8 million during the third
quarter of 2012. This is a 1.1 percent year-over-year decrease in new
registrations. The .com/.net renewal rate for the third quarter of
2012 was 72.5 percent, slightly down from 72.9 percent for the second
quarter of 2012.
Verisign's average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during
the third quarter of 2012 was 67 billion with a peak of 102 billion.
Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average decreased 1.3
percent and the peak increased 14.1 percent.
The latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief also offers advice
for blocking distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks before they
reach an enterprise's network or application. "Combating DDoS Attacks
in the Cloud" highlights key strategies for companies to consider
when creating an informed DDoS mitigation plan to help better protect
Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet
users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research
and data on the domain name industry. Copies of the 2012 third
quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can
be obtained at www.VerisignInc.com/DNIB.
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Statements in this announcement other than historical data and
information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. These
statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause
Verisign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or
implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and
uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of whether the
Company will be able to exercise its right, under certain
circumstances, to increase the price per domain name registration,
whether the Department of Commerce will approve any exercise by the
Company of the right and whether the Company will be able to
demonstrate to the Department of Commerce that market conditions
warrant removal of the pricing restrictions; the uncertainty of
future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in
quarterly operating results due to such factors as restrictions on
increasing prices under the 2012 .com Registry Agreement, increasing
competition, pricing pressure from competing services offered at
prices below our prices and changes in marketing and advertising
practices, including those of third-party registrars; changes in
search engine algorithms and advertising payment practices;
challenging global economic conditions; challenges to ongoing
privatization of Internet administration; the outcome of legal or
other challenges resulting from our activities or the activities of
registrars or registrants, or litigation generally; new or existing
governmental laws and regulations; changes in customer behavior,
Internet platforms and web-browsing patterns; the uncertainty of
whether Verisign will successfully develop and market new services;
the uncertainty of whether our new services will achieve market
acceptance or result in any revenues; system interruptions; security
breaches; attacks on the Internet by hackers, viruses, or intentional
acts of vandalism; whether Verisign will be able to continue to
expand its infrastructure to meet demand; the uncertainty of the
expense and timing of requests for indemnification, if any, relating
to completed divestitures; and the impact of the introduction of new
gTLDs, any delays in their introduction and whether our gTLD
applications or the applicants' gTLD applications for which we have
contracted to provide back-end registry services will be successful.
More information about potential factors that could affect the
Company's business and financial results is included in Verisign's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the
Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2011, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
Verisign undertakes no obligation to update any of the
forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement.
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