September 2, 2011, 1:49 PM

China eclipses Europe in number of web domains

The number of global domain names increases 8.6% in the second quarter.

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The second quarter of 2011 brought the appearance of 5.2 million new web domain names worldwide, a 2.5% increase compared with the first quarter of 2011 and a 8.6% jump over the second quarter of 2010, according to a new report from VeriSign Inc., which sells web infrastructure and security services.

More than 215 million domain names are now registered worldwide, the report says.

Total .com and .net domains surpassed 110 million in the second quarter, a 1.8% increase from the first quarter of 2011 and an 8.3% increase over the same quarter in 2010.



China’s .cn country domain jumped one slot to the world’s eighth-largest domain in popularity, while the European Union’s .eu domain dropped to ninth. The largest domains by number of registrations are, in order:


.de (Germany)


.uk (United Kingdom)



.nl (Netherlands)

.cn (China)

.eu (European Union)

.ru (Russia)

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