Verisign Registry Services added 1.22 million net new names during the second quarter, ending with 124.3 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net TLDs, which represents a 4.9 percent increase over the zone at the end of the second quarter a year ago.
In the second quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations as compared to 8.4 million in the same quarter a year prior.
The final .com and .net renewal rate for the first quarter of 2013 was 73.2 percent compared with 73.9 percent for the first quarter of 2012. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter. Verisign announced an increase in the registry domain name fee for .net domain names from $5.62 to $6.18, effective February 1, 2014, per its agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains (TLDs) that today includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world’s 13 Internet root servers. Verisign’s product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS.