Tucows Gains Market Share: Named Fastest Growing Registrar in Net New Domain Name Registrations

TORONTO, CANADA, Jan. 23, 2002 – Tucows Inc. (OTCBB: TCOW), a leading distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet, was the fastest-growing registrar in 2001 in net new registrations in .com, .net and .org top-level domains (TLDs), according to SnapNames’ State of the Domain Year-End 2001 report.

State of the Domain, a monthly analysis of the domain name industry, states: “Comparing 2001 to 2000, the fastest-growing registrar on the basis of net new names was OpenSRS/Tucows (620,012 net new).”* According to the report, Tucows was the largest net gainer in the industry with more than 620,000 net new names under management, for a gain in market share of 2.27%. This compares to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), which formerly held the monopoly on registrations in .com, .net and .org, with its loss of more than 2.3 million names and more than 8.5% in market share; and Register.com’s (NASDAQ: RCOM) loss of 335,591 names, or 1.23% in market share.

“Tucows has been successful, in large measure, due to our unique wholesale model,” said Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows. “Despite the challenging economic times, Tucows and our 5,000 resellers worldwide continue to outperform the competition and increase market share for net new registrations in .com, .net and .org. The State of the Domain report is a very objective measure of the fact that Tucows and our channel partners were able to thrive in an incredibly tough environment in 2001 and we hope it bodes well for the future.”

About Tucows

Tucows Inc. is a leading provider of wholesale digital products and distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet. An ICANN-accredited registrar, Tucows provides wholesale domain name registrations for generic and country code top?level domains (TLDs), plus web certificates. Liberty Registry Management Services Inc. (LibertyRMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tucows, provides global registry management services for top-level domain name registries including .INFO. Tucows also distributes software and other digital content through its integrated network of resellers. Tucows offers more than 30,000 software titles in libraries located around the world and operates search and reference media sites including Electric Library, Encyclopedia.com, and NewsDirectory.com. For more information, please visit: http://www.tucows.com.

Joanna Becket
Investor Relations
Tucows Inc.

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