The number of registered .cn domain names has topped 1 million for the first time, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which oversees the administration of the top-level domain for China.
At the end of December, nearly 1.1 million domain names had been registered under the .cn top-level domain, CNNIC said in a statement. That represents an annual increase of 154 percent and makes the .cn top-level domain the largest in Asia and the sixth-largest in the world, it said.
Citing statistics from October 2004, CNNIC said China had 74 million IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) addresses in use, surpassing the U.K. and making China the third-largest country in terms of the number of IPv4 addresses used. Only the U.S. and Japan use more IPv4 addresses, it said.
In July, China had 103 million Internet users, according to CNNIC. At that time, there were 622,534 registered .cn domains, it said.
CNNIC is expected to release its latest Internet numbers, including the number of Internet users in China, later this month.