VERISIGN releases the Domain Name Industry Brief in March 2012. It has very interesting statistics and analysis result about the Domain Name Industry. I go through it.

Total Domain Name Registrations

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The fourth quarter of 2011 closed with a base of more
than 225 million domain name registrations across all Top
Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.9 million domain
names, or 2.7 percent over the third quarter. Registrations
have grown by more than 20.4 million, or 10 percent, since
the fourth quarter of 2010.
The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)
was 90.6 million domain names, a 4.2 percent increase
quarter over quarter, and a 13.2 percent increase year
over year in the base.1
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth,
reaching a combined total of 113.8 million domain
names in the fourth quarter of 2011. This represents
approximately a 2 percent increase in the base over the
third quarter of 2011 and an 8 percent increase over the
same quarter in 2010. New .com and .net registrations
totaled 7.9 million during the quarter. This reflects a 4
percent increase year over year in new registrations, and
a 0.3 percent decrease in new registrations from the
third quarter.
The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size did
not change when compared to the third quarter. The
largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order, .com,
.de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .info, .tk
(Tokelau), .nl (Netherlands), .ru (Russian Federation)
and .eu (European Union).

cc TLD BREAKDOWN OF ZONE SIZE
Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 90.6
million in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the addition
of 3.7 million domain names, or a 4.2 percent increase
compared to the third quarter. This is an increase of
approximately 10.6 million domain names, or 13.2
percent from a year ago.
Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, Poland, Sweden, Tokelau
and the Russian Federation each exceeded 4 percent
quarter over quarter growth. Last quarter, four of the top
20 exceeded the same threshold.
There are more than 290 ccTLD extensions globally
(including Internationalized Domain Names), with the top
10 ccTLDs comprising 60 percent of all registrations

.Com /.Net Dynamics
The .com/.net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2011
was 73.5 percent, up from 73.3 percent for the third
quarter. Renewal rates vary quarter over quarter based
on the composition of the expiring name base and the
contribution of specific registrars.

You can download the full report at http://www.verisigninc.com/assets/domain-name-brief-march2012.pdf

You can get more details at http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/why-verisign/research-trends/domain-name-industry-brief/index.xhtml

 

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