Directly operated from Amsterdam, CO.NL extension is aimed at international users willing their Internet Addresses to end in "nl" but with additional flexibility.
CO.NL is not meant to replace .NL. It can however be a valuable alternative in some cases. The new extension will offer a great international impact and visibility as well as a larger flexibility.
For example, studies show that customers used to a "co.xx" address in their own countries are more likely to look for any particular brand in another "co.xx" suffix. As a result, using http://www.yourbrand.co.nl in conjunction with http://www.yourbrand.nl could increase your chances to attract traffic from the United Kingdom (co.uk), India (co.in) or any other of the 45+ countries that use a "co.xx" extension.
As with other Registries, the co.nl opening is divided in various phases:
During the Grandfather and Sunrise Periods, Deloitte and Laga, frequent validation agents for other TLDs, will use their expertise to assess customers’ requests received by the CO.NL operator.
The CO.NL space is open to anyone, with no requirement of local presence or tie with the Netherlands.
CO.NL should not be confused with .NL Domain names as registered by SIDN, the Registry of the .NL extension. SIDN is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of co.nl subdomains.
Tuesday 18th November 2008 at 10:00 am GMT - Thursday 15th January 2009 at 10:00 am GMT
During the Grandfather period, owners of a .nl have an exclusive right to register their .co.nl as well. This implies that a registrant owning mydomain.nl, will be the only entity that has the opportunity to register mydomain.co.nl during the Grandfather period. In order to ensure that the applicant is the holder of the corresponding .NL domain name, the application agent will send a validation email to the email address appointed for the .NL domain name. Should the applicant fails to respond to this email in a 10 days delay, his application will automatically lapse. Each application will be carefully checked by an independent Verification Agent and the .co.nl domain name will be assigned based on the outcome of the verification procedure.
Tuesday 10th February 2009 at 10:00 am GMT - 10th March 2009 at 10:00 am GMT
The Sunrise phase will start on Tuesday February 10th 2009 at 10:00 am GMT. To allow .CO.NL users to benefit even more from the advantages of the Sunrise Policy the phase has been recently extended and will last a full month ending on March 10th at 10:00 am GMT. This phase will provide applicants holding a registered trademark in any country with the opportunity to register their brands as CO.NL names before the system is open to the general public
Tuesday 17th March 2009 at 2:00 pm GMT - Tuesday 31st March 2009 at 2:00 pm GMT
In the Landrush phase, application requests can be made by the general public without restriction. They will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Some names have been reserved by the CO.NL Operator for two different reasons:
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 at 2:00 pm GMT
Since .CO.NL enables you to protect your business online, a domain with .CO.NL makes your web address unique and easy to memorize. A .CO.NL extension is doing much more, helping you reach and communicate with the audience in Netherlands.