Verisign has confirmed that approximately 7.9 million domain name registrations were added to the internet in second quarter of 2016. With the new domain name registrations, the total number has reached 334.6 million across all top-level domains as of June 30, 2016.
Verisign says 7.9 million new domain name registrations globally equates to a growth of 2.4 per cent over over previous quarter. The domain name registrations have grown by 38.2 million or 12.9 per cent year over year.
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The top-level domains namely .com and .net saw aggregate growth in Q2 2016, reaching a combined total of approximately 143.2 million domain name registrations. The top-level domains also saw a growth of 7.3 per cent year over year. Verisign says the .com domain name base now stands at 127.5 million domain name registrations as of June 30, 2016 while the .net domain name base reached 15.8 million domain name registrations.
The top-level domain names .com and .net accounted for 8.6 million registrations during the second quarter of 2016. The numbers were in line with 8.7 million domain name registrations in Q2 2015.
“During the second quarter of 2016, the average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was approximately 130 billion queries per day across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of nearly 179 billion queries. Quarter over quarter, the daily average query load increased 4.9 percent and the peak decreased by 5.0 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased by 17.0 percent, and the peak decreased by 1.5 percent,” Verisign said in a press statement.
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