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There were almost 33 million new domain names registered in 2007 according to the fourth quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign. This brings the total of domain names registered to more than 153 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 27 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and 5 percent growth over the third quarter of 2007.

Of these registrations, the .com and .net adjusted base surpassed 80.4 million domain name registrations at the end of 2007. This represents a 24 percent increase year over year and a four percent increase quarter over quarter. The adjusted base grew by 3.5 million domain names in the fourth quarter and 15.4 million over the entire year. New .com and .net domain name registrations were added at an average of 2.5 million per month in the fourth quarter 2007 for a total of 7.5 million new registrations.

Country Code Top Level Domain Name registrations (ccTLDs) totaled more than 58 million, a 33 percent increase from 2006 and a six percent increase from the third quarter of 2007. The composition of the domain name industry and rank order in terms of base size remained relatively constant.

To cope with the increasing demand for domain names, VeriSign continues to operate the infrastructure required, processing peak loads of more than 33 billion DNS queries per day. Each query represents an instance of an Internet user accessing a Web site or sending email.

In the latest Domain Name Industry Brief there is also a spotlight on IPv6. “The widespread adoption of Internet-enabled wireless devices and gaming consoles has created a growing demand for larger IP address space,” said Raynor Dahlquist, senior vice president of Naming Services at VeriSign. “To stay ahead of this demand, VeriSign recently took steps to enable the A and J root servers for IPv6.”

To read the 2007 fourth quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, see

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