According to Verisign, 2013 closed with 271 million domain names, with a growth of 7.3 % year over year.
The ccTLD reached 123.5 million names with a growth of 12.1 %,
.com and .net reached 127.2 million names, with a growth of 5%.
By the end of 2013, 73 new gTLDs were delegated in the root, but they were not in General Availability – meaning that the actual number of domains then on new gTLD was close to 0.
If the 5% growth enjoyed in 2013 over .com and .net was continued, that would mean an additional 6.36 million domains on .com and .net over 2014 ( 5% of 127.2 million), or 3.18 million new domains in 6 months.
.com and .net really increased only by 1.5 million additional domains.
The new gTLD grew by 1.4 million approx.
The graph hereunder shows a clear break in the curve around April 2014, without clear reason why that happened then. Had Singapore ICANN meeting a positive impact ? Did .club launch in early May change the dynamic? Is that some domains signed end of 2014 came to general availability ?
The figures tend to show there is cannibalization and the global volume stays the same ( even a slight decrease, but that may be a seasonal effect. ).
New gTLD did not generate any additional domains creation business but transferred new domains creations from old TLD to new TLD.
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