VeriSign has enhanced its global constellation of 18 geographically-dispersed Internet server clusters by installing and operating a new regional server cluster for .com and .net in Sydney.
The site went live on December 3, 2005 providing Australia's 13.9 million Internet users with enhanced performance, enhanced connection speeds and greater stability.
VeriSign is the official registry for .com and .net domain names globally, managing relationships with more than 480 ICANN-accredited registrars and processing more than 15 billion queries daily in its operation of .com and .net Internet infrastructure.
The company announced plans earlier this year to install 14 regional Internet server clusters around the world by the end of 2006.
To date, VeriSign has installed additional sites in Korea and China. A site is also planned for Brazil later this year, with additional sites to be added in 12 locations in 2006, including Thailand and India.
Australia remains a strong growth market for Internet use, with a 108 percent increase in usage over the last five years.
With an estimated 67 percent of the Australian population now using the Internet, VeriSign recognizes the need to expand its infrastructure investment in the region to better support this large base of users.
VeriSign Asia Pacific vice president Gregg Rowley said the company will continue to invest locally to facilitate growth.
"The close proximity of an Internet server cluster in Sydney for .com and .net will improve the Internet experience for the growing numbers of Australian Internet users and contribute to economic growth in Australia," he said.