Last week, the .co domain namespace surpassed 1.5 million domain names.
On the whole, the domain name industry has considered .CO’s progress rather significant and ultimately a success, particularly as its pricing is far higher than its .com counterpart.
That has led some to suggest that .CO may be “juicing” its numbers. In a post at Domain Name Wire last week, domain name broker Rob Sequin suggested that “some registrars will hold pending deletes indefinitely so they are technically still “registered” by the registrant but never drop.” The 1.5 million domain number was not verified on the company blog, although .CO did publish some detailed statistics on .CO for the 2012 year (worth a look) which verify its rather impressive growth over the year.
There’s even more going on for .CO Internet, however – and it could be some good news for the registry’s future.
.CO also recently announced the launch of Asian IDNs. Chinese, Japanese and Korean will be supported at the formally announced April 15th launch. The registry has already begin offering .CO domains names in other languages including Icelandic, Danish, and Finnish, among others.
The registry will not be conducting a formal trademark sunrise, land rush or grandfathering period for the three Asian IDN languages.