VeriSign’s first quarter 2011 Domain Name Information Brief (DNIB) reports that there are now just over 233 million registered domains on the Internet today, represent growth of 3.3 percent on a sequential basis over the fourth quarter of 2011.
Demand for new domains was particularly strong among Country Code (ccTLD) domains. There are now 94.9 million ccTLDs domains registered up by 16.2 percent on a year over year basis and 4.8 percent sequentially. Part of the reason for the growth in ccTLDs during the quarter was the inclusion of IDN ccTLDs during the quarter. Internationalized Domain Names or IDNs, use non-latin characters. ICANN first approved IDN ccTLDs in 2010.