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.Com Passes 113 Million Registrations

March 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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According to Verisign.com, the operator of the .Com registry the number of .Com domain names just broke the 113 Million mark for the first time.

The official number at the last Verisign update was 113,002,815.

According to ntldstats.com/tld the number of new gTLD registrations are over 332,000…

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Stock Analysis firm Trefis On Verisign: Risk Is ccTLD’s; Doesn’t Mention new gTLD’s

March 20th, 2014 Comments off

Stock Analysis firm Trefis had some interesting comments on Verisign in a note entitled “Drop In Verisign Shares Highlights Risks Associated With Domain Business

The note went on to say that the biggest risk to the Verisign business is growth in ccTLD domain names.

Trefis didn’t mention the new gTLD’s at all.

It would be one thing to mention new gTLD’s and then conclude that the wouldn’t impact Verisign market share of the global domain market, but for the company not to even mention new gTLD’s makes it look like Trefis doesn’t even know they exist.

Regarding the contract to run the .net and .com registry, all Trefis had to say was that “Losing the contract for either of these domain names come 2018 would mean a severe cut in the company’s top line”

You Think?

The post did not mention ICANN or the impact that the US possibility giving up oversight might effect the contract the next time it comes up for renewal.

Here is the post:

How Will Losing The .com/.net Contract Impact VeriSign?

VeriSign is the sole registrar for the .com/.net domain names, and had a market share of approximately 46.7% in global top level domain name registrations in 2013. At the end of Q3FY13, VeriSign had a total of 126 million .com and .net domain names registered in the adjusted zone out of a total 265 million domain names registered globally.

Losing the contract for either of these domain names come 2018 would mean a severe cut in the company’s top line. You can take a look at the impact a loss in contract to another registry service provider such as Neustar on VeriSign’s stock by changing its share of all domain registrations worldwide.

“Currently, we believe the only threat to VeriSign’s market share in the global domain name registrations market is from country code top level domain names (ccTLDs). ccTLD registrations reached 119.5 million at the end of Q3FY13 and have been increasing at almost three times the growth rate in .com/.net domain names. “

“This rapid increase in ccTLD registrations, combined with restrictions on domain name pricing, have strained top line growth for VeriSign, which fell to 10.5% in 2013 from 13% in 2012. ”

“We expect VeriSign’s market share to decline gradually until the end of our review period as ccTLD registrations continue to grab potential .com/.net registrants.”"…

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Verisign Issues Statement On ICANN’s Move & Is Down Over 5% In Pre-market

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

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VeriSign, Inc. VRSN today provided a statement on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions.

Verisign shares are down over 5% in pre-market activity trading at just over $52 a share.

Here is Verisign’s announcement:

“”The announcement by NTIA on Friday, March 14, 2014, does not affect Verisign’s operation of the .com and .net registries. The announcement does not impact Verisign’s .com or .net domain name business nor impact its .com or .net revenue or those agreements, which have presumptive rights of renewal.

The NTIA announcement involves Internet functions that are entirely different functions from those Verisign performs under its .com and .net agreements. The functions performed by Verisign involved in the NTIA announcement have been performed as a community service spanning three decades without compensation at the request of the Department of Commerce under the Cooperative Agreement”…

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Verisign Answers ICANN’s Name Collision Study With Its Own Blog Post

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

Earlier today we told you that ICANN Published A Study On Mitigating Risks Of Name Collisions from new gTLD domain names.

Tonight Verisign  published an answer to the study ICANN.

On its company blog Verisign, in a post entitled “Uncontrolled Interruption? Dozens of “Blocked” Domains in New gTLDs Actually Delegated”, Verisign in part says:

The report “centers on the technique of “controlled interruption,” initially described in a public preview shared by Jeff Schmidt last month.”

“With that technique, domain names that are currently on one of ICANN’s second-level domain (SLD) block lists can be registered and delegated for regular use, provided that they first go through a trial period where they’re mapped to a designated “test” address.  ”

“The staged introduction of new SLDs is intended to provide operators of installed systems the opportunity to assess the potential impact of an impending name collision on their own, before any external operators have an opportunity to exploit it.”

“If this technique (or any other) were adopted, it would stand to reason the staged introduction would need to be monitored carefully. ”

” Someone would need to check that SLDs on the block lists actually did go through the trial period, and were not put into regular use without the appropriate opportunity for assessment by operators of installed systems.”

(Note that Verisign isn’t endorsing the technique; we are reviewing the just-published Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions report, and we’ve already expressed reservations about the statistical invalidity of SLD block lists as an indicator of name collision risk.  That being said, the point still remains that if such a technique were adopted, it would need to be monitored to ensure correct implementation.)

“Given the anticipation of “controlled” interruption, it’s ironic that while ICANN specifically precludes the delegation of domain names on the SLD block lists, dozens of them were actually registered and delegated!”

“That fact was recently duly noted by one of Verisign’s researchers who has been analyzing the daily progress of new gTLDs.  As it turns out, nearly all delegated SLDs that should have been blocked were cancelled over the past weekend after independent reports citing the existence of inappropriate delegations began to circulate.:

:That the delegations of SLDs on the block lists could have caused name collisions with installed systems is not our primary concern.  (And, as noted above, we don’t consider the block lists – which are based solely on query frequency at specific points in time – to be the final word on which delegations might or might not cause name collisions.

Verisign Is Not Being Transparent on Their Policy With Regards to Short .TV Domains

February 8th, 2014 Comments off

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Back in December Mike wrote about how GM.tv and 13.tv were being held back and reserved by Verisign.

At the time Verisign said they were holding these back for promotional purposes. In the past Verisign did this with a few other short .tv domains like G.tv.

Domain Name: G.TV
Domain ID: 97041820
Updated Date: 2012-05-10T18:50:28Z
Creation Date: 2011-05-27T04:01:07Z
Expiration Date: 2021-05-27T04:01:07Z
Sponsoring Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9998
Domain Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

So a couple weeks back HD.tv was supposed to drop and the same thing happened. I called Verisign but the person on the phone did not want to speak about it and wanted me to email the marketing department.

Here is that back and forth:

Dear  Raymond,

Thank you for inquiry regarding reserved .TV Domains. .TV reserved domains are domains that are not available for purchase because these domains are reserved. These domains are reserved at the registry level for use in specialized promotions aimed at generating significant brand awareness and adoption of the .tv tld. Please visit the following link for more information regarding .TV domain names.

Jaipal
Customer Service
Verisign

I know what reserved domains are, I am asking are you going to reserve all L and LL.tv domains ? Like you reserved Gm.tv and Hd.tv. Right now Fa.tv and Tw.tv are in redemption, will they be reserved ? Thank you

Raymond,

Thank you for contacting Verisign Support.  Unfortunately we do cannot disclose what domains may or may not be reserved in the future.  Those decisions will be made by the appropriate teams within the company when they determine there is a need or reason to do so.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,

Phil
Customer Service
Verisign
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So now I have another person replying, Phil, to which I asked, So what you are saying is you are not holding back all L.tv and LL.tv domains that are dropping ? I want to know if any will drop you should be able to answer that question.

Raymond,

Thank you for contacting Verisign Support.  Unfortunately that information is not available to the public.  We cannot tell you if a domain will be reserved or not. We apologize we cannot assist you with any addition information on this.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,

Phil
Customer Service
Verisign

This is getting borderline ridiculous, I am asking you is there policy where Verisign is now holding back all L.tv and LL.tv either you are or you aren’t.

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Verisign CEO: “I Don’t See Anybody Who’s Going to Abandon The .Com For a New gTLD

February 6th, 2014 Comments off

The CEO and President of Verisign James Bidzos had some pretty interesting comments regarding the new gTLD’s and the effect they may have on .com and .net registrations during its earnings call today.

I have listened to the last several Verisign earnings call and this is the first time I can remember an analyst asking a pointed question about the new gTLD’s and their effect on the .com and .net registry.

The question was asked by JP Morgan Chase & Co:

Any thought to whether the gTLD program, whether people coming in for new sites might actually be thinking about an alternative gTLD for .com? And maybe that’s having some sort of impact?

D. James Bidzos, Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Verisign:

“”As far as the new gTLD program, I don’t think that, I don’t see anybody who’s going to abandon the .com for a new gTLD.

There’s a lot of strong anecdotal evidence that, that may not be the case.

I can give you an example. So, for example, you may have seen that the U.K. paper, dailymail.co.uk, a very typical English configuration for a web address, using a company that U.K. configuration.

So dailymail.co.uk purchased dailymail.com.

They said that they purchased it because they wanted something that was more global that would allow them to get more traffic, especially in the U.S.

They paid GBP 1 million for it.

They bought it from The Charleston Daily Mail of Charleston, West Virginia, a 100-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, who after they got their roughly $1.6 million for that domain name, were free to go out and buy whatever they wanted.

Then they chose to go out and buy CharlestonDailyMail.com.

If they bought it for retail, they probably paid about $10 for it.

So I think .com is very much the preferred, established reliable name.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future with the TLDs.

I’m sure some of them will do well, they’ll build some community.

But I guess I can give you one data point. If we look back, this is not the first time this has happened.

There have been some new TLDs before, and one of them that I think actually is a good idea of what success what might look like, a good example would be .co.

And I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with it.

.co is a short name, it’s just 2 letters.…

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Versign Reports: 127.2 Million .Com/.Net Domains, Revenue up 10%; Has $1.7 Billion In Bank &

February 6th, 2014 Comments off

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ :VRSN ) reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013 and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $246 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up 7% from the same quarter in 2012.

The operating margin was 53% for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 58.8% for the same quarter in 2012.

Verisign reported net income of $292 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.94 for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $106 million and diluted EPS of $0.65 in the same quarter in 2012.

Financial Highlights

Verisign ended the fourth quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.7 billion, an increase of $167 million from year-end 2012.

Cash flow from operations was $147 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $579 million for the full year 2013 compared with $171 million for the same quarter in 2012 and $538 million for the full year 2012.

Business Highlights

Verisign Registry Services added 1.29 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 127.2 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 5 percent increase over the zone at the end of the fourth quarter in 2012.

In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 8.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.0 million for the same period in 2012.

During 2013, Verisign processed 34.0 million new domain name registrations as compared with 33.1 million for 2012.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2013 was 72.7 percent compared with 72.5 percent for the same quarter in 2012.

Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter. Non-GAAP Items…

Verisign: Rise In Value Of Bitcoin Causes Surge In .Com/.Net Domain Registrations: 22K In 2013

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Verisign just published a blog on how the rising value of Bitcoin has led  to surge of .com and .net domain name registrations.

 

The value of a Bitcoin surged from roughly $13 at the beginning of 2013 to an eventual high of $1,137 at the end of November (The chart below, courtesy of Coinbase, documents the ebbs and flows of a Bitcoin’s value).

 

 

 

By doing a search of the word “bitcoin” for the past six months, it is fairly easy to see a correlation between the two Bitcoin price surges shown above and surges in domain name registrations including the term “bitcoin” in the grapher results below.

 

 

It is interesting to see that despite the relative modesty of the April price surge when compared to the November/December surge, daily registrations for both instances peaked at roughly the same number: 490 and 472 respectively. That being said the density of the two domain registration surges in the graph show that significantly more domains were registered as Bitcoin approached its all-time high.

 

Did you register any Bitcoin related domain names in 2013? Are you planning to register some in the new year? Let us know in the comments below!…

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Verisign: .Com Registrations Blow Past 112 Million Mark For The 1st Time

January 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Verisign is reporting that the number of .Com domain names in the active zone file exceeded the 112,000,000 Mark for the first time.

The number of .com domain name registrations in the active zone crossed the 112 Million number today January 16th, 2014

The number of .net domain names in the active zone file is down slightly but still well over the 15 million domain name mark.

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Verisign Is Taking Back Expired Two Letter & Two Number .TV Domains

December 27th, 2013 Comments off

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Verisign the registry for the .TV registry is apparently taking back any expired new Two letter (LL.TV) .TV domain names as well as any two numbered (NN>TV) domain names.

Recently a domainer that had a back order on a two letter .Tv domain and a two numbered domain received this notice from Verisign:

“Thank you for contacting Verisign Support. I reached out to our Operations team to determine where they were in their investigation. They have a resolution for the issue prepared. However, the business team has concluded that both 13.TV and GM.TV will be placed into Reserved status upon their deletion.

They will not be able to be registered by any registrar once that takes effect.

They are reserving these domains at the registry level for use in specialized promotions aimed at generating significant brand awareness and adoption of the .tv tld.

I do apologize for the inconvenience, I know you wanted to register these names.”"

You can now see that the domain names have in fact been taken back from the whois:

Domain Name: 13.TV
Domain ID: 108626603
Updated Date: 2013-12-25T04:04:39Z
Creation Date: 2013-12-25T04:04:39Z
Expiration Date: 2023-12-25T04:04:39Z
Sponsoring Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9998
Domain Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

Could Verisign do the same thing with a two letter expired or a two numbered .net expired domain name?

What would stop them?…