Internet Grows to 342.4 Million Domain Name Registrations in the Third Quarter of 2018

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RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and
internet security, today announced that the third quarter of 2018 closed
with approximately 342.4 million domain name registrations across all
top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 2.6 million
domain name registrations, or 0.8 percent, compared to the second
quarter of 2018.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by
approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5 percent, year over year.1,2

The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 151.7
million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at
the end of the third quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 2.0
million domain name registrations, or 1.3 percent, compared to the
second quarter of 2018. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase
of approximately 5.9 million domain name registrations, or 4.0 percent,
year over year. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the .com domain name base totaled
approximately 137.6 million domain name registrations, while the .net
domain name base totaled approximately 14.1 million domain name
registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled approximately 9.5
million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, compared to 8.9 million
domain name registrations at the end of the third quarter of 2017.

Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet
users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and
data on the domain name industry. The third quarter 2018 Domain Name
Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB.

About Verisign

Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, enables
internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names
and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world.
Verisign ensures the security, stability and resiliency of key internet
infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains and two
of the internet’s root servers, as well as performs the root zone
maintainer function for the core of the internet’s Domain Name System
(DNS). To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign,
please visit Verisign.com.

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1 The figure(s) includes domain names in the .tk ccTLD. .tk
is a free ccTLD that provides free domain names to individuals and
businesses. Revenue is generated by monetizing expired domain names.
Domain names no longer in use by the registrant or expired are taken
back by the registry and the residual traffic is sold to advertising
networks. As such, there are no deleted .tk domain names. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131216006048/en/Freenom-Closes-3M-Series-Funding#.UxeUGNJDv9s.
2
The generic top-level domain (gTLD) and ccTLD data cited in the
brief: (i) includes ccTLD Internationalized Domain Names, (ii) is an
estimate as of the time the brief was developed and (iii) is subject to
change as more complete data is received.
3 The domain
name base is the active zone plus the number of domain names that are
registered but not configured for use in the respective Top-Level Domain
zone file plus the number of domain names that are in a client or server
hold status.

Contacts

Investor Relations: David Atchley, datchley@verisign.com,
703-948-4643
Media Relations: Deana Alvy, dalvy@verisign.com,
703-948-3800

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