The .CO country code top-level domain (ccTLD) has been approved by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to proceed with full commercial operations in China.
This allows Chinese entrepreneurs and companies who own domain names ending in .CO to operate and manage their domestic Chinese websites from Chinese servers.
“The final barrier our Chinese .CO domain owners have faced has now been overcome. Domain names ending in .CO are now fully approved in China along with China’s own .CN top-level domain, and other well-known global domains, such as .com and .biz.” – Crystal Peterson, .CO Internet Director of Sales and Marketing
.CO domains launched for worldwide domain registrations in 2010 and will now be available to the Chinese market.
“Just as Startup Salad chose ‘salad.co’ as our domain name, China’s future unicorns are choosing their own cool .CO domains. Now, with the full approval of China’s government, startups can host their .CO domains here in China, leading to the fastest possible websites for the online services of tomorrow.” –Jim Zhao, Startup Salad CEO
Pinky Brand gave some more details on how .CO was approved in China:
“My client, Beijing InfiniTLD Ltd, along with ZDNS, has successfully assisted Neustar (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. in obtaining their China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) accreditation to operate the .CO country-code top level domain (ccTLD) in China for five years. This is notable in that .CO is the first foreign ccTLD approved by MIIT among dozens of other new gTLDs approved since 2014.
The .CO ccTLD, corresponding to the ISO 3166 Alpha-2 code for the nation of Colombia, is operated by .CO Internet S.A.S. in Bogota, Colombia and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of privately held Neustar, Inc., headquartered in Sterling, Virginia.
For the purposes of .CO’s accreditation in China, InfiniTLD assisted with application services, including key stages and procedures, and ZDNS addressed technical matters and requirements.”