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The number of registered domain names is set to double to 60 million by 2002.

As of today, there were 30,272,862 URLs registered worldwide - according to NetNames, part of UK domain name registrar NetBenefit. It reckons it may have taken ten years for us to get this far, but it will only take another 18 months to add another 30 million.

The top Internet suffix is the prized .com - more than 18.3 million domains have this stuck on the end. .net has more than three million domains, and .org two million.

.uk, with 2.2 million, is the most popular country level domain, followed by Germany's .de. with two million. The Netherlands (439,000), Argentina (352,000) and Italy (338,000) are also popular.

"Recent studies suggest that more than 75 million domain names are expected to be registered by the end of 2002, but this can only happen once new
suffixes are made available to the public," said Tom Barrett, NetNames CEO.

"The entire Internet industry is therefore waiting with baited breath to hear from ICANN - the body which oversees domain name management, which domains will be made available." ®

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