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Verisign Healthy Financials Show .COM/.NET Demand Slowing

Registrations of new .com and .net domain names increased by 420,000 net during the second quarter, meaning there were 128.9 million active domain names across both TLDs, an increase of 3.7 percent, Verisign Registry Services reported in their results for the second quarter of 2014 [pdf]. This compares to a 4.9 percent increase for the same period 12 months ago.In the second quarter, Verisign processed 8.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.7 million for the same period in 2013 and 8.4 million for the same period in 2012. It’s possible the decline could be attributed to the slowly declining number of available .com and .net domains, increased competition from the slew of new gTLDs available and/or the global economy.There was also a decline in the final .com and .net renewal rates. For the first quarter of 2014 the renewal rate was 72.6 percent compared with 73.2 percent for the same quarter in 2013. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.There is also an increase in the annual fee for a .net domain coming, with the fee paid by registrars to Verisign increasing from $6.18 to $6.79, effective 1 February, 2015, as per Verisign’s agreement with ICANN.”Our results are in keeping with our goal of creating long-term shareholder value by providing secure and stable critical internet infrastructure services and efficiently managing the business. Additionally, in keeping with our commitment to return value to our shareholders, we repurchased $300 million of Verisign shares during the quarter,” commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.Financially things appear to be in good health, although there was a decline in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as well as cash flow.In second quarter GAAP financial results, revenue of $250 million was reported for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $100 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.71 for the second quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $87 million and diluted EPS of $0.55 in the same quarter in 2013. The operating margin was 57.2 percent for the second quarter of 2014 compared to 55.2 percent for the same quarter in 2013.In Non-GAAP Financial Results Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $96 million and diluted EPS of $0.68 for the second quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $92 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the same quarter in 2013.Verisign ended the second quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.5 billion, a decrease of $178 million as compared with year-end 2013.Cash flow from operations was $121 million for the second quarter compared with $147 million for the same quarter in 2013

.TK Cements Position As Largest ccTLD Passing 25 Million Registrations

The number of “active” .tk domains has passed the 25 million mark to cement its position as the largest ccTLD, and second largest TLD.

According to the nic.tk website, the number of domains under management is currently more than 25,089,000. The growth has been phenomenal for the island ccTLD that passed the seven millionth DUM in late 2011 and the largest ccTLD in late 2012.

The island nation located north east of New Zealand and Australia in the South Pacific is a New Zealand territory with a population of 1,337 according to the CIA Factbook.

The exponential growth of Dot TK continues because of its free domain name registration process, which has been somewhat controversial due to the amount of phishing activity linked to .tk domains. But the registry has worked hard to improve the problem.

Dot TK, the registry, introduced an anti-abuse API to allow trusted partners to shut down sites that use .tk. Netcraft noted in September 2013 that “this dramatically reduced the average uptime of phishing sites which used .tk domains, making it a less attractive platform for fraudsters. Indeed, .tk does not even appear within the top 50 phishiest TLDs today; however, considering .tk and .ml share the same owner, this makes it somewhat surprising to see .ml being so heavily abused already.”

The largest TLD is .com with 113.7 million DUM followed by .tk, then .de (Germany) with 15.8m. Following is .net (15.1m), .uk (United Kingdom) with “over 10.5 million”, .cn (China – 10.6m), .org (10.4m), .info (5.7m), .nl (Netherlands (5.5m) and .ru (Russia – 4.9m). The largest of the new gTLDs, .xyz, has over 348,000 DUM.

The above statistics were sourced from ccTLD registry websites, RegistrarStats.com, nTLDstats.com and domain-recht.de.

.EU Continues Solid Growth With Registrations Increasing 2.2% To 3.8m In Q1

EURid logoThe total number of .eu registrations grew by 2.2 percent in Q1 2014 to 3.79 million, according to the latest progress report released last week by the .eu registry EURid.

“This relatively high growth rate is thanks, in part, to our high renewal rate of above 80% and the higher than expected level of new registrations,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“The latter is especially comforting as it shows that the popularity of.eu is further growing in a crowded market place, even as the many new gTLDs jostle for position.”

The report also found .eu registrations increased in 27 of the 28 EU member states with Croatia and Portugal both seeing growth of more than 10 percent.

According to the report, the number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) in the .eu portfolio at the end of Q1 2014 was 52 683, or 1.4 percent of all registrations. The number of IDNs as a percentage of new registrations is at the same level as that of other registries. As well, the number of DNSSEC-signed names was 261 304 or 6.9 percent of all registrations.

The .eu TLD is the seventh largest ccTLD and eleventh largest TLD overall according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief for the last quarter of 2013. The largest TLD is .com with 113.7 million registrations, followed by .tk (Tokelau) with 24.5 million, then .de (Germany – 15.7m), .net (15.1m), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.5m), .org (10.4m), .cn (China – 10.6m), .info (5.7m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.4m), .ru (Russia – 4.9m) and then .eu.

In addition to the growth, EURid also announced during the second quarter, on 12 April to be precise, the European Commission officially re-confirmed EURid as the registry manager for the .eu top-level domain for the next five years.

The full report is available for download at link.eurid.eu/reports.

Second Level .UK Registrations Top Six Figures In Under 4 Weeks

The launch of second level .uk registrations has been a success with over 100,000 registrations since their launch on 10 June, but there were almost 225,000 registrations across all .uk domains meaning registrations of .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains were greater than .uk.But it was a bumper month for .uk (United Kingdom), and the biggest since March 2000 when registrations nudged 225,000.”Given that the domain name market is more competitive than ever before, this is a fantastic endorsement of the power of the UK brand,” Eleanor Bradley, Nominet’s Chief Operating Officer said.”We’re pleased not only that our new .uk domain has hit this milestone, but that other .uk domains such as .co.uk and .org.uk continue to be so popular as hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) hit the market. It shows that highlighting your UK connection continues to be a compelling prospect for businesses and individuals online.”Existing .uk registrants are being given first choice to register their existing third level domain (eg. .co.uk) with the corresponding second level domain. However Nominet note that new second level registrations are proving popular with over one third (36%) being new, unique registrations in the past week.There are over 10.5 million domains registered in the UK namespace making it the third largest ccTLD behind .tk (Tokelau) with 24.5 million registrations, but these domains are given away for free. Second is .de (Germany) with 15.7 million registrations.Including gTLDs, .com is the largest TLD with 113.5 million registrations, followed by .tk, .de, .net (15.2m), .uk and then .org (15.2m).The above statistics come from registry websites, registrarstats.com and domain-recht.de.

Half Of 3.5 Million Domains Registered In Spain Are .ES

Spanish registry logoApril statistics compiled by the .es registry, Red.es, show there are 3,451,863 domain names registered in Spain by businesses and individuals with more than half (50.04%) being .es domains.

Other TLDs with a significant market share are .com with 1,727,169 registrations and a market share of 35.29%). Following is .net (4.61%), .org (3.13%), .eu (3.09%), .cat (2.17%), .info (1.28%) and .biz (0.38%).

Malicious Phishing Domains Grow Globally As Phishers Abuse Free TLDs: APWG Report

Incidences of phishing continued to explode in China in the second half of 2013, where Chinese phishers are victimising the country’s growing online population the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s Global Phishing Survey for Second Half of 2013 found.The report found Chinese phishers were responsible for 85 percent of the domain names that were registered for phishing. But it wasn’t all bad news on the phishing front with the average uptimes of phishing attacks declining and close to historic lows, pointing to some success by anti-phishing responders.Additionally, the companies (brands) targeted by phishing targets were diverse, with many new targets, indicating that e-criminals are looking for new opportunities in new places. The report also found mass hackings of vulnerable shared hosting providers led to 18 percent of all phishing attacks.While the number of phishing URLs reported in the second half of 2013 numbered in the millions, the number of unique phishing attacks and domain names used to host them was much smaller. In the six month period there were at least 115,565 unique phishing attacks worldwide, nearly a 60 percent increase over the 72,758 seen the first half of 2013, but less than the 123,486 attacks we observed in the second half of 2012.Most of the growth in attacks came, according to the APWG report, from phishing that used maliciously registered domains and subdomains. An attack is defined as a phishing site that targets a specific brand or entity. A single domain name can host several discrete phishing attacks against different banks, for example.The phishing attacks occurred on 82,163 unique domain names. Again, this is up from the 53,685 domains used in the first half of 2013. The growth was much larger than the increase in the number of domain names in the world that grew from 261 million in April 2013 to 271.5 million in November 2013.Of the 82,163 phishing domains, the report identified 22,831 domain names that the APWG believes were registered maliciously by phishers, the highest number in the seven years the APWG has been counting, 19,348 (85%) were registered to phish Chinese targets. This is significantly higher than the 12,175 found in the first half of 2013, and the 5,835 found in the second half of 2012.And of these 22,831 registered maliciously, they were registered in 39 different TLDs at registrars in China, the US, and Europe and hosted in China, the US, and elsewhere. The registrations clustered around ten TLDs including the .TK, .CF, .GA, and .ML registries that are all run by Freenom, a Netherlands-based company that offers free domain name registrations. The company makes money through monetising the traffic to the expired domains.As the report notes, Freenom has operated .TK under the free model for several years, and added .CF, .GA, and .ML to its programme during the second half of 2013. Freenom gives accredited interveners access to directly suspend domains in the .TK registry . (These partners include Facebook, Internet Identity, and the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China.) However, the mitigation of the malicious registrations lagged in Freenom’s new spaces — .CF, .GA. and .ML all had uptimes that were above the global average and median.Brands were, as usual, a target, with 681 unique target institutions during the six month period, down slightly from the 720 found in the second half of 2012. Of the 681 targets that were phished in the second half of 2013, almost half of them — 324 to be precise — were not phished in the first half of 2013. This, the report notes, is an unusual amount of “churn” or turnover and shows phishers trying out new targets. They appear to be looking for companies that are newly popular, have vulnerable user bases, and/or are not ready to defend themselves against phishing.Overall, the TLD with the most phishing attacks for the six months was .com with 46.4 percent (and 42.4% of global domain registrations) followed by .net (5.5%) and .tk (Tokelau – 4.5%). The .tk TLD is one of the free domains the report noted. Following was .br (Brazil – 3.2%), IP-based attacks (2.1%), .pn (Pitcairn Island – 1.9%), .me (Montenegro – 1.8%), .info (1.6%) and .ru (Russia – 1.5%). The remaining 27.3 percent came from 201 TLDs.But the TLDs with the most phishing domains per domains registered was .np (Nepal) with 27.1 phishing domains per 10,000 registrations and 32,500 registrations. In the top ten, those TLDs with more than 100,000 registrations were .pw (Palau) with a phishing per 10,000 domains score of 26.4 who came in second, .cl (Chile – 18.2) was fourth, .gr (Greece – 10.2) was sixth, .id (Indonesia – 10.2) and .br (Brazil – 9.1).For registrars, the top nine with domains used for phishing on a registrations per 10,000 domains are located in China. This is due, the report notes, to the fact that Chinese phishers tend to register domain names for their phishing, and use Chinese registrars regularly. Domains registered at the Chinese registrars were often used to phish Chinese targets such as Alibaba, Taobao.com, and CCTV, but were also used to occasionally phish outside targets such as Facebook and PayPal.For more information, check out the 30 page APWG report available for download from:
docs.apwg.org/reports/APWG_GlobalPhishingSurvey_2H2013.pdf.
There is also a Phishing Activity Trends Report for the 4th Quarter 2013 titled Unifying the Global Response To Cybercrime available from:
docs.apwg.org/reports/apwg_trends_report_q4_2013.pdf.

Verisign Reports Slowing Growth As .COM/.NET Becomes More Saturated

Verisign reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014 Thursday, with reported revenue of $249 million, up five percent from the same quarter in 2013 (but down from the 15 percent increase from first quarter 2012 to 2013) and a four percent increase in .com and .net domain registrations, taking the combined total to 128.5 million at the end of March. Still, while growth is slowing, most companies would be delighted with such figures.Domain name highlights from the results were:

  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.28 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 128.5 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a four percent increase over the zone at the end of the first quarter in 2013. This represents a slowing when compared to 12 months ago. To compare, in the first quarter of 2013 1.99 million domains were added, which represented a 5.5 percent increase year over year.
  • In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.8 million for the same period in 2013 and 8.9 million for the same period in 2012.
  • the final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 72.2 percent compared with 72.9 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

A slowing of registration figures is not unexpected as the .com and .net zones become more saturated, even though Verisign have been touting in recent months there are plenty of domains still available in .com. But the question would be – how does one find them, and when you do, would you really want one?The full announcement is below:Verisign Reports 5 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in First Quarter 2014 [news release]VeriSign, Inc., the global leader in domain names, today (24/4) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014.First Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $249 million for the first quarter of 2014, up 5 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $94 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $85 million and diluted EPS of $0.52 in the same quarter in 2013. The operating margin was 56.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 56.4 percent for the same quarter in 2013.First Quarter Non-GAAP Financial Results
Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the same quarter in 2013. The non-GAAP operating margin was 60.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 59.6 percent for the same quarter in 2013. A table reconciling the GAAP to the non-GAAP results (which excludes items described below) is appended to this release.”Results of the first quarter demonstrate the fundamental soundness of our strategy and discipline in execution,” commented Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer.Financial Highlights

  • Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.7 billion, flat as compared with year-end 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations was $142 million for the first quarter compared with $151 million for the same quarter in 2013.
  • Deferred revenues on March 31, 2014, totaled $886 million, an increase of $30 million from year-end 2013.
  • Capital expenditures were $11 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 2.4 million shares of its common stock for $132 million. At March 31, 2014, $868 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program.
  • Verisign expects to complete in the second quarter of 2014 the intended repatriation of approximately $700 million to $800 million of cash held by foreign subsidiaries as described in the fourth quarter 2013 earnings release.
  • For purposes of calculating diluted EPS, the first quarter diluted share count included 14.3 million shares related to subordinated convertible debentures, compared with 7.9 million shares in the same quarter in 2013. These represent diluted shares and not shares that have been issued.

Business Highlights

  • Verisign Registry Services added 1.28 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 128.5 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 4 percent increase over the zone at the end of the first quarter in 2013.
  • In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.8 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 72.2 percent compared with 72.9 percent for the same quarter in 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the following items that are included under GAAP: Discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of other intangible assets, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring charges, contingent interest payments to holders of the subordinated convertible debentures, unrealized gain/loss on contingent interest derivative on subordinated convertible debentures, and non-cash interest expense. Non-GAAP financial information is also adjusted for a 28 percent tax rate which differs from the GAAP tax rate. A table reconciling the GAAP to non-GAAP operating income and net income is appended to this release.About Verisign
As the global leader in domain names, Verisign powers the invisible navigation that takes people to where they want to go on the Internet. For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains that today includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world’s 13 Internet root servers. Verisign’s product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit VerisignInc.com.This Verisign news release was sourced from here.

Global Domain Registrations Grow 7.3 Percent In 2013 To 271 Million

The number of registered domain names keeps growing, with five million domain names added in the final quarter of 2013, reports Verisign in their latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The number of registered domains was 271 million globally at the end of 2013. For the full year, registrations grew by 18.5 million, or 7.3 percent, year over year.In the market leading TLD when it comes to registrations, .com grew to 112 million registrations, while .net grew to 15.2 million. Their combined 127.2 million registrations represent a five percent increase for 2013. For the final quarter of 2013 new .com and .net registrations totalled 8.2 million, slightly higher for the same quarter in 2012 when registrations grew by 8.2 million.The ten largest TLDs at the end of 2013 but with current registration figures were, in order, .com (113.17m), .tk (Tokelau – 22.10m)+, .de (Germany – 15.75m), .net (15.18m), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.55m), .org (10.43m), .cn (China – 10.29m), .info (5.79m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.93m) and .nl (Netherlands – 5.45m).*Total ccTLD registrations were approximately 123.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 with the addition of 3.9 million domain names, or a 3.3 percent increase compared to the third quarter according to the report. This is an increase of approximately 13.3 million domain names, or 12.1 percent, from a year ago.Among the 20 largest ccTLDs, two exceeded four percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth: China and Tokelau. This marks four straight quarters where China (21.1 percent) and Tokelau (7.1 percent) have exceeded 4 percent growth.As of 31 December, there were 283 global ccTLD extensions that are delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs comprising 65.6 percent of all ccTLD registrations.During the fourth quarter of 2013, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 82 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 100 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 0.9 percent and the peak decreased 5.5 percent. Year over year, the daily average increased 6.4 percent and the peak decreased 19.2 percent.In a plug to encourage registrants to consider .com domains instead of another gTLD including the hundreds of new gTLDs that will soon be available or a ccTLD, Verisign provides the number of possible domains that are available from four to 13 characters. For four character .com domains, there are over 845,600 combinations still available. Undoubtedly most of these are for domains that are random combinations of letters and numbers. And when it gets to the possible number of 13 character .com domains available, Verisign report there are over 230.5 quintillion.As the Internet continues to evolve, it is crucial for enterprises to have a powerful and resilient infrastructure that maintains 24/7 availability. “DNS Outages: The Challenges of Operating Critical Infrastructure” provides a high-level overview of the implications of DNS outages and the importance of staying ahead of threats.Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief can be downloaded from www.verisigninc.com/en_US/innovation/dnib/index.xhtml. * The statistics come from registry websites, registrarstats.com and domain-recht.de and uses current statistics as the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief does not provide figures apart from for .com and .net. + Revenue for .tk domains is generated by monetising the expired domain names. Domains that are no longer used by the registrant or are expired are taken back by Freenom and the residual traffic is sold to advertisement networks. Next to this primary source of income, additional revenue will be generated by offering digital white labeled services, such as hosting packages, SSL certificates and others, to free domain name users. Source: www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3M-Series-Funding.

DENIC Announces New Management Team

DENIC CEO Dr Jörg SchweigerWhat is effectively the world’s largest ccTLD has announced a new management structure. Well, OK, .tk is the “largest” ccTLD, but they aren’t “real” registrations. Given that newspapers given away at airports and fitness centres for example shouldn’t be and often aren’t counted in their circulation figures, registrations of most .tk domains are free and their domains under management (DUM) figure should take this into account. But as with newspapers given away, it’s a business model that works for them.

Anyway, DENIC, the operator of the .DE (Germany) registry that boasts a very nice 15.681 million DUM has announced a new management structure following Sabine Dolderer stepping down as CEO in February after 20 years with the organisation. Dolderer joined DENIC in 1994 when all administration and DNS services for .DE were provided by a university.

Under the new management structure, Dr. Jörg Schweiger, who has been Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of DENIC since 2007 will be the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1 March 2014. The newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be assumed by Andreas Musielak who will commence early in May 2014.

DENIC COO Andreas MusielakDr. Jörg Schweiger will continue to be responsible for Information and Telecommunication Technology, Information Security, Research, Process and Product Management as well as HR. He will further be in charge of Public Relations and Government & Regulatory Affairs. Andreas Musielak will be responsible for Finance and Legal as well as for all Member and End Customer Services.

“With Jörg Schweiger, we will consistently maintain DENIC’s current course of sustainable business excellence, assuring prime resilience and security of DENIC’s overall systems and services infrastructure at all times. Andreas Musielak will complement this pursuit by providing new impetus in the field of customer orientation,” says Thomas Keller, chairman of the Supervisory Board of DENIC eG.

The new member of the Executive Board, Andreas Musielak, has an extensive background in the fields of finance and commercial management. Prior to joining DENIC, he worked three years with WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. In his role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) he had global responsibility for Finance, HR, Legal and IT, at WAN-IFRA’s two head offices, in Germany and France, and all its international business sites. Up to 2013, he was also in charge of the Association’s Membership division. Andreas Musielak has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt, Germany, with a focus on finance and marketing.

Next to the CEO and COO positions, DENIC’s Executive Board will continue to include the two honorary members Helga Krüger and Carsten Schiefner, who were re-elected at DENIC’s general assembly, in 2013.

For those interested, registration figures for the ten largest TLDs are:

  1. .COM – 112.6m
  2. .TK (Tokelau) – 22.1m
  3. .DE (Germany) – 15.7m
  4. .NET – 15.2m
  5. .UK (United Kingdom) – 10.5m
  6. .ORG – 10.4m
  7. .CN (China) – 10.3m
  8. .INFO – 5.7m
  9. .NL (Netherlands) – 5.4m
  10. .RU (Russia) – 4.9m.

Figures above come from registrarstats.com, registry websites and domain-recht.de.

Non-US .ORG Registrations Grow Strongly As Overall Registrations Grow 2.6% In 2013

Public Interest Registry logoWhile .org registrations have slowed overall, the number of registrations outside of North America is growing strongly with nearly 40 percent of registrations stemming from abroad the latest Dashboard report from the Public Interest Registry shows.

In the 2013 calendar year, domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent. But Asia continues to be a core growth region for .org, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top ten countries for .org registrations, and together comprise approximately six percent of the total .org market share. In fact, India alone has increased its .org registration market share by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .org domains. The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .org registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

The report reveals that 206,542 new .org domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .org DUM to more than 10,346,000 globally.

The largest TLD is .com, currently with 112.4 million registrations, followed by .tk (Tokelau – 21.5m), .de (Germany – 15.7m) and then .net (15.2m). China’s ccTLD, .cn has around 10.8m, .uk (United Kingdom (10.5m), while .org now has around 10.4m, .info (5.7m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.4m) and .ru (Russia – 4.9m).

For more information, see the Public Interest Registry news release below:

Public Interest Registry Releases Report Demonstrating Extended Growth Of The .ORG Domain In 2013

“The Dashboard” Report Shows Steady Rise in International Registrations

Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013. The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include the following:

  • the number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013
  • when it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more
  • the organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes
  • charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8 percent, respectively.

“The Dashboard” also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40 percent of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6 percent of the total .ORG market share. In fact, India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains. The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

“Historically, .ORG has been the trusted home for nonprofits all over the world. While that credibility still resonates today, it’s clear that the composition of users who carry out their passions, their ideas, and their missions on the .ORG domain is broadening,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, “Now more than ever, we’re seeing that .ORG is where action begins – for art and cultural institutions, clubs, sports teams, environmental and educational groups, as well as scientific, philosophic, and religious organisations. It is also the ideal domain to exercise social good or social entrepreneurship because .ORG is for businesses that think differently. As we charge ahead into 2014, we’re optimistic that we will reach new heights in Public Interest Registry’s pursuit to maintain .ORG as the trusted domain for individuals, businesses, and organisations worldwide, while also serving as a foundation for and complement to our soon-to-be-launched .NGO|.ONG domain offerings for global non-governmental organisations.”

Within “The Dashboard,” Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into “organisation,” “org” or “structured organisation” in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry’s applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.
pir.org/public-interest-registry-releases-report-demonstrating-extended-growth-of-the-org-domain-in-2013/