Domain Name Registrations Kept Growing in 2009
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There's no recession in the domain registration business. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the first domain name ever registered, VeriSign notes that the total list of domain names grew by an impressive amount last year, even as most of the economy was contracting. Enterprise Networking Planet has all the facts and figures.
The Internet Domain name industry didn't have too bad of a year in 2009, even as the global economic downturn raged. According to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from VeriSign, the total base of registered Top-Level Domain Names (TLDs) grew in 2009.
VeriSign reported that in 2009, the base of TLDs expanded by 15 million domains names to a total of 192 million domain registration across all TLDs.
Helping to the lead the way were the .com and .net TLDs, which at the end of 2009 accounted for 96.7 million domain names. The 2009 tally represents a 7 percent increase over the total number of .com and .net TLDs at the end of 2008. The company also said that that during the fourth quarter of 2009 alone, it added 7.3 million new .com and .net registrations. VeriSign manages both the .com and .net registries under contract from ICANN.
The growth isn't the only milestone for the .com domain. On March 15, VeriSign will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first .com name -- Symbolics.com -- which was assigned in 1985.