2008 ends with 177 million Internet domain names– Verisign

The Internet added 24 million new domain names in 2008, according to the last quarter Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign.

The year ended with a total of 177 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domains (TLDs), representing 16 percent growth against 2007. In the fourth quarter of 2008 alone, more than 10.1 million new domain names were registered across all TLDs. The five largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net, and .org.

The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 90.4 million at the end of 2008. This represents a 12 percent increase over the previous year and a pathetic one percent increase over the third quarter of 2008.

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