.Co is the country code domain for Colombia. It was originally managed by the University of The Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Recently the government took the steps to open up the domain. .CO Internet was appointed as the manager for the .CO country level domain through a public procurement process in the Republic of Colombia that took place in early 2009.
The two letter word Co is universally understood as an abbreviation for “Company,” “Corporation” and “Commerce”. Over 20 countries use .co as a second level domain name – co.in, co.uk, etc. – for the same meaning. .CO is easy to recognize, simple to remember and flexible to use.
.CO is meaningful, memorable and intuitive for people around the world and is relevant to individuals, businesses, and organizations. .CO gives businesses and brands the chance to create a worldwide footprint. .CO appeals to today’s socially-networked individuals and entrepreneurs.
The Launch has three core stages: The Global Sunrise period from April 26 – June 10, followed by the Landrush from June 21 to July 13. In the Landrush period, anyone interested in registering domain names of high commercial value. Any interest in matching domains will go to auction.
Once the Global Sunrise and Landrush processes are complete, .CO domains will become available to anyone in the world through participating registrars from July 20 onwards on a first come, first served basis. Registars such as GoDaddy and eNom offers .co domain names and other registrars can offer the domain through reseller agreements with the ten registrars.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the .CO, the historic single letter domain name e.CO is up for auction. The bidding starts on June 7, 12 PM (EDT) and ends on June 10.