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There Are Now 233 Million Registered Domains

VeriSign's first quarter 2011 Domain Name Information Brief (DNIB) reports that there are now just over 233 million registered domains on the Internet today, represent growth of 3.3 percent on a sequential basis over the fourth quarter of 2011.

Demand for new domains was particularly strong among Country Code (ccTLD) domains. There are now 94.9 million ccTLDs domains registered up by 16.2 percent on a year over year basis and 4.8 percent sequentially. Part of the reason for the growth in ccTLDs during the quarter was the inclusion of IDN ccTLDs during the quarter. Internationalized Domain Names or IDNs, use non-latin characters. ICANN first approved IDN ccTLDs in 2010.

According to VeriSign, there are now 808,967 IDN ccTLDs that had not previously been counted, that are now part of the total tally for ccTLD registered domains. In terms of ccTLDs there are now 290 ccTLD extensions currently available though the top 10 ccTLDs account for 60 percent of the total number of domain registrations

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Internet Domains Top 233 Million

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.