Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry
services and internet infrastructure, today announced that the first
quarter of 2019 closed with 351.8 million domain name registrations
across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.1 million domain
name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of
2018.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by 18.0
million, or 5.4 percent, year over year.1,2

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 154.8 million domain name
registrations in the domain name base3 at the end of the
first quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.8 million domain name
registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.5 million domain
name registrations, or 4.4 percent, year over year. As of March 31,
2019, the .com domain name base totaled 141.0 million domain name
registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 13.8 million
domain name registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.8 million at the
end of the first quarter of 2019, compared to 9.6 million domain name
registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet
users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and
data on the domain name industry. The first quarter 2019 Domain Name
Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB.

About Verisign

Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and
internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the
world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security,
stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services,
including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the
13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and
authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which
support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it
means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com.


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1 The figure(s) includes domain names in the .tk ccTLD. .tk
is a free ccTLD that provides free domain names to individuals and
businesses. Revenue is generated by monetizing expired domain names.
Domain names no longer in use by the registrant or expired are taken
back by the registry and the residual traffic is sold to advertising
networks. As such, there are no deleted .tk domain names. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3M-Series-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s.

2The generic top-level domain (gTLD) and ccTLD data cited in
the brief: (i) includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names, (ii) is an
estimate as of the time the brief was developed and (iii) is subject to
change as more complete data is received.

3 The domain name base is the active zone plus the number of
domain names that are registered but not configured for use in the
respective Top-Level Domain zone file plus the number of domain names
that are in a client or server hold status. The .com and .net domain
name registration figures are as reported in Verisign’s most recent SEC


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