VeriSign is backend for 220 new TLD applicants and applies for 14 itself
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
VeriSign releases numbers related to its new TLD plans.
VeriSign released earnings today along with numbers related to its new top level domain aspirations.
The company said it applied for 14 new top level domain names including 12 transliterations of .com and .net. Although not mentioned in the release, you can expect some of those transliterations are in Japanese, Hangul, Chinese, Cyrillic, Arabic, and Hebrew. I’m very curious what the other two domains are; it’s possible one is .verisign and the other might be a security term.
Additionally, applicants for 220 new top level domains have signed up with VeriSign for its backend registry services. You can expect that some of these are “generic” tlds that will be contested, so the ultimate number of TLDs it provides backend services for will likely be less than this number.
VeriSign reported year-over-year revenue growth of 13% and 116.7 million active .com and .net domains at the end of the quarter.