According to Verisign, the global domain name registrations count reached 339.8 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) in the second quarter of 2018, representing registration of around 6 million new domain names in the quarter.
Domain name registrations have increased by 1.8% quarterly and 2.4% year-over-year. The .com domain name base reached 135.6 million domain name registrations at the end of the second quarter, while the .net domain name base reached 14.1 million domain name registrations.
The .com and .net TLDs together totaled to approx. 149.7 million domain name registrations in the second quarter, up 0.9% or 1.4 million domain name registrations from the first quarter of 2018. This represents an increase of 3.7% or around 5.3 million domain name registrations year over year.
As per Verisign, there were around 9.6 million new .com and .net domain name registrations since the second quarter of 2017.
Top 10 largest TLDs by number of reported domain names
At the end of second quarter 2018, the top 10 TLDs .com, .cn, .tk, .de, .net, .uk, .org, .ru, .nl and .info.
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Top 10 ccTLDs
The country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) domain name registrations count totaled to approx. 149.7 million at the end of 2Q18, an increase of 2.4% or 3.5 million domain name registrations from 1Q18. The ccTLDs grew by around 5.5 million domain name registrations or 3.8% YoY.
At the end of second quarter, the top 10 ccTLDs were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), .fr (France), and .it (Italy).
ngTLDs domain name registrations
The number of new gTLDs domain name registrations were around 21.8 million at the end of second quarter, up 1.6% from the first quarter, but down 10.4% year over year. The top 10 ngTLDs accounted for more than 50% of the total ngTLDs domain name registrations.