Verisign released its third quarter Domain Industry
The report said there were 174 million domain names registered worldwide (the total across all extensions) at the end of the third quarter (Sept. 30). That is an increase of 3% over the previous quarter and 19% over the total registered at the end of the same quarter last year.
Country code domains continued to grow faster than the rate the overall registration market is expanding. At the end of 3Q 2008 just under
69 million ccTLD registration were in force, a jump of 5% over the previous quarter and 26% over the same quarter last year. For the first time, Germany’s .de was displaced as the most popular country code extension, being passed by China’s .cn. Meanwhile Australia’s .au joined the top ten ccTLD list for the first time, displacing Swizterland’s .ch.
Though the total number of registrations continues to expand, growth rates in both global and ccTLDs are slowing down from previous quarters. Verisign said that the declining payments for traffic that domain owners are seeing from Google is part of the reason for the slowing rate of new registrations and a rising rate of non-renewals.
(Source from DN Journal)