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.CO fastest-growing new TLD in years

Kevin Murphy, September 15, 2010, 20:43:42 (UTC), Domain Registries

.CO Internet today announced that it has taken over 500,000 .co domain name registrations in the less than two months since the names went into general availability.

By my reckoning, that makes .co the fastest-growing new TLD launch since .eu, back in 2006. EurID managed to take 1,691,069 .eu registrations in its first month of availability, a hard act to follow.

But .co easily beats .mobi, which took about eight months to reach the 500,000 registrations landmark after it launched in September 2005.

Fellow 2005-round launch DotAsia never (or has yet to) hit the 500k mark. It peaked at 245,196 in March 2009 and has been on the slide ever since, according to HosterStats.com.

If you go back as far as the 2000 round, you’ll find Afilias’ .info TLD took almost three months to hit 500,000 names. Three months after that, it had added another quarter-million.

But it only took Neustar (then Neulevel) a measly 30 days to pass the same milestone with .biz. Ten years on, it has over two million names on its books.

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Comments (6)

  1. Take a look at the ICANN Dashboard for registry volumes – http://forms.icann.org//idashboard/public/

    They’ve done a great job there.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      If you go back far enough, these reports are far from comprehensive.

      If you want to figure out how many .biz regs there were right at the start you’d have to add each registrar’s total together manually, for example.

  2. Michele says:

    Kevin – you could try asking the registries directly 🙂

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