Domain Name Industry Brief shows continued growth of registered domain names.
Verisign released its Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf) today , estimating that the total base of registered domain names grew by 5 million to 276 million in Q1 this year.
(Yes, that’s Q1 — not the most recently concluded quarter.)
That’s 1.7% more than at the end of Q4, and 7.5% growth year-over-year.
The base of country code domain names grew at a faster clip than gTLDs, with a 2.9% increase quarter over quarter and a 13.1 percent increase year over year.
There wasn’t a big shakeup in overall rankings. Russia’s .ru surpassed .info as the the 8th biggest TLD overall. (More likely, .info fell below .ru.)
125 generic top level domain names were delegated in the root during the first quarter as new TLDs launched. A couple of them should crack into the top 10 gTLDs list when second quarter numbers are calculated.