If you thought Q3 of 2012 was a little slow, the internet world suggests otherwise. This period saw more than five million domain names being added to the world wide web according to a Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign Inc. With this, the total number of registered domain names as of September 30, 2012 has crossed more than 246 million worldwide across all Top-Level Domains (TLDs) i.e. .com and .net.
The report from Internet infrastructure services provider Verisign suggests that with 5.7 million new domain names being registered, it is a growth of 2.4 percent over the second quarter of 2012. For the industry, this marks the 7th quarter in a row to have achieved more than 2% growth. A Verisign statement suggested that worldwide registrations have grown by 26.4 million or 12 percent since the third quarter of 2011.
The TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the Q3 2012, reaching a combined total of 119.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This is a 1% increase in the base over the Q2 2012 and a 7.1 percent increase over Q3 2011.