There may already be 200M domains registered.
It’s possible that the total number of domain names currently registered has already exceeded 200 million.
In VeriSign’s latest Domain Industry Brief (pdf), the company says June ended with a total of 196.3 million domains registered across gTLDs and ccTLDs. That’s up about 3 million from the first quarter. The second quarter is generally a little slow for domain registrations, so we might see the increase more this quarter. That means that, at the time you’re reading this, we might have already crossed the 200 million plateau.
Other factoids from the latest brief:
-Based of ccTLDs was about even compared to last quarter at 76.3 million
-New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million over past quarter, down 2% from Q1 (but the company says this is usual for the second quarter). This is 13% better than the same quarter last year.
-China’s .cn continues to slip thanks to heavy registration restrictions