Co.no & .no FAQ
  1. Is CO.NO operated by Norid?
  2. Is there a difference between CO.NO and other subdomains such as CO.UK or CO.JP?
  3. What’s the use of CO.NO when .NO is working well?
  4. Why is CoDNS supporting CO.NO?
  5. Can I register a CO.NO with any Norid Registrar?
  6. Kan jeg registrere et CO.NO hos en ICANN registrar?
  7. How will CO.NO deal with my trademark rights?
  8. How will CoDNS ensure CO.NO stability?
  9. Is there any Dispute Resolution Service for CO.NO?
  10. Is the price for the CO.NO service identical to a .NO Domain name?


1. Is CO.NO operated by Norid?

No. While the « CO.NO » domain name was indeed registered at Norid (much like any .NO Domain) by our partner Elineweb A.S., the service provided by CoDNS based on this domain name is totally independent from Norid, the .NO Registry. Therefore, the registration of a CO.NO subdomain (as offered by CoDNS which is acting as Operator) should not be confused with the registration of a .no domain name through Norid, the official Registry of the .NO extension on the Internet. Norid is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of CO.NO subdomains by CoDNS.

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2. Is there a difference between CO.NO and other subdomains such as CO.UK or CO.JP?

Technically, yes. While CO.UK is a subdomain operated by Nominet Plc (the .UK Registry), CO.NO is a domain name with no other link with Norid (the .NO Registry). However, CoDNS closed a co-operation agreement with Elineweb A.S., holder of the CO.NO domain name to allow any interested user to use it as a third level domain.
Therefore, from a practical standpoint, there is virtually no difference: http://www.abc.co.no/ could go to the same page as http://www.abc.co.uk and emails at me[at]mydomain.co.no will reach you as easily as with me2[at]domain.co.jp. CO.NO is built in such a way that any other server (FTP, Telnet…) can be used as well.

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3. What’s the use of CO.NO when .NO is working well?

CO.NO is not meant to replace .NO. It can however be a valuable alternative in some cases. 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 an other « co.xx » suffix.
As a result, using http://www.yourbrand.co.no/ in conjunction with http://www.yourbrand.no/ 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.

Another reason is the openess of the .co.no zone: Virtually anyone can register its own .co.no domains. Local presence in Norway is not required and there are no limits on the amount of names that one can register.

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4. Why is CoDNS supporting CO.NO?

CoDNS has always been looking to provide Internet users with more openness as well as innovative ways to provide their products or services with the local identity they deserve.

By becoming the CO.NO Operator, CoDNS has brought a new level of flexibility in the Norwegian market, allowing customers worldwide to communicate with an address ending in « .NO » without any additional requirement.

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5. Can I register a CO.NO with any Norid Registrar?

Because CO.NO has no link whatsoever with Norid, Norid's partners do not automatically allow registration in CO.NO. However, the list of Registrars accredited by CoDNS is growing rapidly and already include many key registrars. An overview of the currently accredited registrars can be found here.

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6. Can I register a CO.NO with any ICANN Registrar?

Because CO.NO has no link whatsoever with ICANN, ICANN accredited Registrars do not automatically allow registration in CO.NO. However, the list of Registrars accredited by the CO.NO operator is growing rapidly and already include key ICANN Registrars.

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7. How will CO.NO deal with my trademark rights?

While CO.NO is about openness, it should not be an opportunity for third parties to misappropriate trademark rights that one may have on a particular string of characters. To bring an additional level of protection to Trademark holders, CO.NO adopts a Sunrise approach:
- This so called Sunrise period is open to any Trademark holder, from anywhere in the world. It is an opportunity for trademark holders to protect their assets in CO.NO before the general rules apply and allow for any given string of character to be used as a CO.NO domain name.

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8. How will CoDNS ensure CO.NO stability?

On the technical side, CO.NO is backed by the CoDNS infrastructure with redundant hardware and state of the art connectivity. CoDNS is part of EuroDNS S.A. which is created in 2002 as a subsidiary of Datacenter Luxembourg, EuroDNS prides itself in the stability and flexibility of its operations which are currently used by major Fortune-500 companies.
On the policy side, CO.NO is supported by key industry players such as worldwide law firm Deloitte/Laga which, as Sunrise Validation Agent, will give CO.NO the right tools to protect the Trademark rights of its customers. Lastly, because CO.NO is a domain name registered with Norid, its stability remains indeed somewhat dependant on the Registry’s goodwill. However, since CO.NO is used in full compliance with Norid’s Terms & Conditions, this is not a threat either.

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9. Is there any Dispute Resolution Service for CO.NO?

While the provider remains confidential at this time, we can confirm that CO.NO disputes will be handled by under a UDRP-like system, provided by a European leader in the field. It will provide a quick and efficient way to deal with trademark disputes.

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10. Is the price for the CO.NO service identical to a .NO Domain name?

No. Since CO.NO and Norid have no relationship, the pricing structure for each service does not have to be identical. Moreover, because the CO.NO space is just being opened a Sunrise period (See #7) will apply, with a specific price taking into account the involvement of necessary third-parties such as the Validation Agent. Additionally, Registrars having signed the CO.NO Agreement are free to determine their own price for regular yearly registrations.

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