Those registrations brought the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) at the end of last year, VeriSign adds, suggesting that the number is well over that quarter of a billion today.
VeriSign says the increase of more than six million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 2.5 percent over the third quarter of 2012, and marks the eighth straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth. Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.6 million – or 11.8 percent – year over year.
More than 106 million .com domains
The .com and .net TLDs reached a combined total of approximately 121.1 million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2012, VeriSign says in its reports, representing a 6.4 percent increase year over year.
As of December 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names.
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8 million during the fourth quarter of 2012, while the renewal rate for both TLDs in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 72.9 percent, up slightly from 72.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.
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