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.co first ccTLD to get China approval

Kevin Murphy, June 28, 2018, 10:39:17 (UTC), Domain Registries

Repurposed Colombian ccTLD .co has obtained official government approval to operate in China, according to a consultant whose client worked on the project.
Pinky Brand blogged this week that .co is the “first” foreign ccTLD to get the nod, among the raft of gTLDs that have gone down the same route over the last couple of years.
China’s own .cn and Chinese-script equivalents are of course already approved.
Under China’s policy regime, administered by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, TLD registries have to set up a local presence and agree to Draconian takedown policies.
Non-approved TLDs are not permitted to have resolving domains, under the rules.
Most companies seeking Chinese approval tend to use a local proxy provider such as ZDNS, which seems to be the route taken by .co here.
.co is managed by Neustar via its Colombian subsidiary .CO Internet.

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Comments (5)

  1. Pinky Brand says:

    Just to be clear, I (as a consultant) did not work on the .CO accreditation project. Some readers might infer that from your sub-headline.
    However, my client InfiniTLD (consultants based in China) were involved, along with ZDNS.
    Thanks for your story.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Thanks, I’ve clarified that sentence.
      Ordinarily, I source the MIIT web site for these stories, but it is not currently resolving for me.

  2. Prices for .CO domains in the secondary markets should now hopefully work their way out of the doldrums.

  3. Samer says:

    Numerical domains at this extension will boom very soon.

  4. Great news for all building websites on the .co domain name!

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