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2008. szeptember 21.

168 millió regisztrált domain név a világon - 2008 szeptember

A regisztrált domain nevek száma 168 millió, ami 22 százalék növekedés a világon 2008 II. negyedévben előző év azonos időszakához viszonyítva. Az országvégződésű domain nevek száma 68 millió, ami 27 százalékkal növekedett. A .com a leggyakrabban regisztrált domain, majd a .de Németország, .cn Kína és a .net.

At the midpoint of 2008, there were 168 million domain name registrations across all
of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a four percent growth over the
fi rst quarter of 2008 and a 22 percent growth over the same quarter last year.

The base of Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) totaled 65 million domain names,
a four percent increase quarter over quarter and a 27 percent increase year over year. In
terms of total registrations, .com has the highest base followed by .de (Germany), .cn
(China), and .net. Rounding out the list of largest TLDs, .uk and .org had approximately
the same number of registrations with less than 35,000 domain name registrations
separating them.



Industry Growth and Composition

The number of new domain name registrations across all TLDs in the second quarter of 2008 was 11.7 million. This represented a decline of new registrations by 18 percent from a very strong fi rst quarter and eight percent from second quarter 2007, driven largely by a decline in ccTLD growth. The number of new domain name registrations refl ects seasonal slowing historically seen in the second quarter.

The composition of the domain name industry and rank order in terms of base size remained relatively constant with the largest TLDs remaining in the same rank order. The largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .de, .cn, .net, .uk, .org, .info, .nl (The Netherlands), .eu (European Union), and .biz.

ccTLD Breakdown

The number of ccTLD domain name registrations reached 65 million by the end of the second quarter 2008. As a whole, ccTLDs experienced four percent growth quarter over quarter and 27 percent growth year over year.



The growth rate for the ccTLDs as a whole slowed in the second quarter as many of the ccTLDs had slower growth in the second quarter than over previous quarters. Fifteen of the top 20 ccTLDs in terms of base size experienced a slower growth rate than in the fi rst quarter of 2008. Only two of the top 20 saw an appreciable increase in their growth rates, .br (Brazil) and .au (Australia), which both saw four percent increases in their growth rates to reach quarter over quarter growth of eight percent and 10 percent respectively. The .au Registry changed their transfer policy to now permit .au domain names to be sold in the secondary market, thus opening up .au to a new outlet. In Brazil, the .br registry liberalized their registration rules to allow consumers, and not just businesses, to registrer .com.br domain names. In addition to .au and .br, the overall ccTLD growth was also driven by double digit growth quarter over quarter for .ru
(Russian Federation) and .pl (Poland).

The German ccTLD, .de, remained the largest ccTLD in terms of the total base of domain name registrations with .cn and .uk as the next largest ccTLDs. They all experienced slower growth rates in the second quarter with .de growing at one percent quarter over quarter, .uk at three percent and .cn at seven percent. Year over year, growth rates were nine percent for .de, 15 percent for .uk and 99 percent for .cn. Together, the bases of domain name registrations for these three ccTLDs represented 47 percent of all ccTLDs.



.Com/.Net Dynamics


VeriSign processed peak loads of more than 48 billion Domain Name System (DNS) queries per day in the second quarter of 2008, resulting in millions of Internet users accessing Web sites or sending email. The VeriSign DNS continued to maintain operational accuracy and stability for 100 percent of the time during the second quarter of 2008, as it has for the past decade. VeriSign’s unique capability to operate global networks of this nature at this scale and reliability remains unparalleled.

The .Com and .Net Base and New Registrations

The overall .com and .net domain names adjusted base increased by three percent quarter over quarter resulting in more than 87.3 million domain name registrations at the end of the second quarter.3 This represented a 20 percent increase year over year. New .com and .net domain name registrations were added at an average of 2.5 million per month in the second quarter 2008 for a total of 7.5 million new domain name registrations. This is a three percent decline over the fi rst quarter and a seven percent increase over the same quarter last year. New registrations averaged 7.2 million per quarter in 2007.

The underlying traditional growth drivers are consistent with prior quarters as we saw solid growth in both U.S. and international regions. VeriSign estimates that the percentage of .com and .net domain names registered with the intent of generating online advertising revenue is 8.5 percent of the new domain name registrations.4 This portion of the .com and .net business has been impacted weakness among a few online advertising customers, largely resulting from changes in Google’s smart pricing program with Ad-Sense, especially with regard to less valued Ad-Sense words. As a result of these changes, the renewal rate for the second quarter could be at the lower end of the historical range.

Renewals

The renewal rate for .com and .net averaged 74 percent for the fi rst quarter of 2008.5 Renewal rates have historically been in the mid-70 percent range over the last few years. Quarterly renewal rates may deviate one to two percent in either direction each quarter based upon the composition of the expiring base and the contribution of specific registrars.



Whether a domain name resolves to a Web site is a key factor in the renewal rates since domain names that resolve to Web sites are more likely to be renewed. VeriSign estimates that 90 percent of .com and .net domain names resolve to a Web site, meaning that an end-user visiting that domain name would fi nd a Web site. These Web sites can be further described as those having multiple pages or as one-page Web sites. One-page Web sites include under-construction, brochure-ware and parked pages in addition to online advertising revenue generating parked pages.



Forrás: Verisign