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Verisign has dramatically slashed its estimates for the number of domains in existence in its quarterly latest Domain Name Industry Brief reports, two of which were published this week. The headline number for the end of the fourth quarter is 329.3 million, a 0.7% increase sequentially and a 6.8% increase annually.
… million increase on the 326.4 million it reported in its Q1 DNIB report (pdf). Verisign reports the increase as 7.9 million, possibly due to new data that emerged after the Q1 report was published. Whether it was 7.9 million or 8.2 million, most of the growth was due to new gTLDs. In the DNIB, data on new gTLDs is always presented on page three…
… New gTLDs grew faster than .com in the last 12 months. That seems to be one of the conclusions that can be drawn from Verisign’s Q2 Domain Name Industry Brief, which was published (pdf) yesterday, if you dig into the numbers a little. The headline number is that the number of all domains across all TLDs was 296 million, up sequentially by 2.2…