The launch of the .CO top level domain was arguably one of the most successful in recent memory. .CO Internet SAS, the Registry operator of the .CO top level domain, is now looking to expand to twenty the number of registrars able to sell the extension to their customers.
Due to governing policy restrictions, only ten registrar partners could be directly accredited by the .CO Registry during the company’s first year of operations. Currently, just two local Colombian and eight global registrars (including Go Daddy, Network Solutions, Tucows and eNom, among others) are accredited by .CO.
“As one of the fastest growing domain extensions in the world, with registrants in over 200 countries, adoption of .CO continues to grow,” says Crystal Peterson, Senior Marketing Manager of the .CO Registry, “so too has the number of potential partners from every corner of the world who have expressed a keen interest in becoming an official .CO Accredited Registrar.”
Taking a measured approach to accreditation, the .CO Registry will be accepting only twenty (20) new Accredited Registrars through April 2012. In future years, the accreditation process will be opened progressively to additional potential partners that meet the established standards and criteria.
So can .CO grow in light of new top-level domain extensions arriving?