[LINK] 30 Million Domains
Fri, 6 Oct 2000 12:30:54 +1100
Internet comes of age with 30 millionth domain name
New top level domains set to double number of registrations by 2002
London - October 4, 2000 - The number of domain names registered on
the Internet has passed the 30 million mark for the first time. The
total number of registrations on October 4, 2000 was 30,272,862.
NetNames, part of the NetBenefit group, is the UK's leading domain
name registrar. It monitors domain name registrations around the
world through its DomainStats service ( http://www.domainstats.com ).
These include both country level domain names such as .uk and
registered InterNIC domains like .com and .net.
"It has taken the Internet close to a decade to reach 30 million
domain names. However a combination of massive demand and the opening
up of domain space means we will probably reach the next 30 million
within 18 months," said Tom Barrett, CEO of NetNames.
"Recent studies suggest that more than 75 million domain names are
expected to be registered by the end of 2002, but this can only
happen once new suffixes are made available to the public. The entire
Internet industry is therefore waiting with baited breath to hear
from ICANN - the body which oversees domain name management, which
domains will be made available,"
The most popular Internet suffix is .com, with over 18 million
domains. .net has over 3 million domains and .org, 2 million. Despite
the USA having the greatest number of Internet surfers, few Americans
make use of the country code .us. .uk, with over 2 million domain
registrations is the most popular country level domain, closely
followed by the German .de. Netherlands, Argentina and .it for Italy
are also popular suffixes.
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