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.com passed 100 million mark in October

Kevin Murphy, February 2, 2012, 17:40:38 (UTC), Domain Registries

Verisign’s .com registry passed the 100 million domains under management milestone in October, the company’s monthly ICANN registry report revealed today.

The exact number of domains under management in .com on October 31 was 100,540,971, having increased by a net 690,243 registrations over the course of the month.

That’s a pretty big deal, but for some reason Verisign didn’t make any announcements about it at the time.

ICANN registry reports, which all contracted gTLDs must submit, are filed three months after the fact, for competitive reasons.

The number of domains in the .com zone file – which is what most people track to follow the fortunes of TLD operators — differs from the total number in the registry.

Domains which do not have name servers or are in special registry status codes such as Pending Delete do not show up in the zone file.

Today, RegistrarStats reports 100,052,046 domains in the .com zone, while HosterStats’ count yesterday was 100,045,666. The registry is likely to have about 1.5 million more, however.

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