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Internet Domain Names Grow to 177 Million in 2008, Latest VeriSign

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									                    Internet Domain Names Grow to 177 Million in 2008,

                              Latest VeriSign Industry Brief Shows



                 Q4 Report Highlights Efforts by VeriSign, ICANN and Others

        to Internationalise the Internet while Preserving Reliability and Accessibility



London – February 18, 2009 – The Internet added 24 million new domain names in 2008, according to
the fourth quarter 2008 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the
trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.



The year 2008 ended with a total base of 177 million domain name registrations across all of the Top
Level Domains (TLDs). This represents 16 percent growth over the previous year. In the fourth quarter of
2008, more than 10.1 million new domain names were registered across all TLDs. The composition of the
domain name industry and rank order in terms of base size remained consistent in the fourth quarter.
The five largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net, and .org.



The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 90.4 million at the end of 2008. This represents
a 12 percent increase over the previous year and a one percent increase over the third quarter of 2008.



In the face of the Internet’s continued global growth, VeriSign continued to operate the infrastructures that
allow users to register domain names, access Web sites, send emails or conduct commerce and
communications. During the quarter, VeriSign processed a peak of nearly 50 billion Domain Name
System (DNS) queries per day, with each query representing an instance of an Internet user accessing a
Web site or sending email. The VeriSign DNS continued to maintain 100 percent operational accuracy
and stability during the fourth quarter of 2008, just as it has for the past 11 years.



The latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief also spotlights how VeriSign and others in the global
Internet community are working to provide a way for people of all languages to navigate the Internet. The
issue is important, because Internet usage is growing fastest in countries where English and other Latin-
based languages are not the primary language.



One method of addressing this is to implement domain names represented by local language characters,
such as Japanese Kanji symbols, rather than the ASCII letters and numbers used in English and most
European languages. Known as Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), these TLDs use local language
characters to represent the domain name, and then to follow them with a common ASCII TLD, such as
.com or .net.



Though more than 47 domain name registry operators support IDNs, concerns over public confusion and
ease of use, uneven browser support, and local network limitations have triggered a growing desire in the
Internet community to provide a fully localised navigation experience by extending internationalisation to
the TLD itself.



In support of this effort, VeriSign has joined the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) and others in the Internet community to pursue development of Internationalised TLDs. While
participants are working to resolve the many complicated challenges that exist with fully internationalised
TLDs, the Internet community expects the application process in the New gTLD Program will commence
late this year. Tests are already underway, with public participation in usage trials designed to help
ensure ongoing DNS stability and security.



“The potential for internationalised TLDs to enable a universally accessible Internet is promising,” said
Tobias Wann, Director of Domain Name Services at VeriSign. “But it must be done right. A careless or
rushed approach will expose the community to a high risk of failure over technical and business issues.
VeriSign is committed to working with ICANN and others to achieve a safe, consistent and ubiquitous
user experience, while protecting company brands and their customers around the world.”



VeriSign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users throughout the world with
significant statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry and the Internet as a
whole. Copies of the 2008 fourth quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be
obtained at www.verisign.com/domainbrief.



About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the
networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world
engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the
company is available at www.verisign.com.



Contacts

Media Relations: Victoria Henry, vhenry@verisign.com, + 44 (0) 7920 598 016

Weber Shandwick for VeriSign: Lydia Curtis, Lcurtis@webershandwick.com, +44 (0)207 067 0513

Investor Relations: Nancy Fazioli, ir@verisign.com , +1 650-426-5146

								
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