Two million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 296 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30, according to VeriSign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief.
The increase of two million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 0.8 per cent over the first quarter of 2015. Worldwide registrations have grown by 16.4 million, or 5.9 per cent, year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the second quarter of 2015, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.5 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 3.1 percent increase year over year. As of June 30, 2015, the domain name base of .com equaled 118.5 million names, while .net equaled 15 million names.
In the second quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.5 million domain names for the same period in 2014.
During the second quarter of 2015, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 111 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 182 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average decreased 7.1 per cent and the peak increased 10.2 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 16.6 per cent and the peak query load decreased by 10.8 per cent.