Verisign announced that the global base of internet domain names grew by nearly 3.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.
Registrations increased 7% year over year to $13.3 million. VeriSign stated that the combined base of .com and .net domain names crossed 103 million. New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.5 million during the third quarter, an increase of 7% from a year ago. The .com/.net renewal rate for the third quarter was 72.8%, down from 73.2% for the second quarter.
The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 79.2 million domain names, up 2.4% year from a year ago.
VeriSign's average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during third quarter 2010 was 66 billion per day, with a peak of 78 billion.