More than 4.7 million new domain names were registered during the first quarter of 2004, according to VeriSign, the global registry for web addresses ending in .com and .net.
The total number of registered web addresses has risen to 63 million, approximately one for every 100 people living in the world, said Verisign.
New records were set in the first quarter of 2004 in new registrations, renewal rates and the overall number of domain names under registration, up 21% from the same period in 2003.
More than 72% of today’s domain names now link to a live web site, up from 55% in December 2002.
Verisign said country code top-level domains account for a growing portion of overall domain names and represent 40% of all domain names registered in the world.
“Although North America has the highest number of internet users as a percentage of its population, 55%, increasing internet traffic is a reflection of a fast-growing group of internet users around the world,” said Rusty Lewis, executive vice president of VeriSign’s Naming and Directory Services.
“For instance, 223 million people in Asia and 173 million people in Europe use the internet on a regular basis, compared with around 175 million in North America. But, those internet users represent only 6% and 22% respectively, of the total populations of Asia and Europe.”
Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld