Tucows Moves into First Place Ahead of Verisign in New Net Registrations ICANN Reports

Wholesale Domain Name Registrar Beats Out Former Monopoly In Q4 2000 To Take The Overall Lead In New .com, .net and .org Registrations

Melbourne – March 10, 2001 Tucows Inc.,, a leading distributor of ebusiness services and applications on the Internet, added more net registrations in .com, .net and .org domain names in the fourth quarter of 2000 than any other registrar, including the former monopoly owned by VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN), according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

In a report posted on its website, ICANN data showed that Tucows had been responsible for 15.97% of the new registrations, followed by Register.com with 15.26% and VeriSign which ranked third with 14.26%. The public release of this data marks the first time that VeriSign has slipped from the first spot and signifies an overall shift in the marketplace.

“Tucows has been successful, in large measure, due to our unique wholesale registration strategy,” said Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows. “We have built a global network of over 5,000 channel partners that can deliver services and applications to Internet users faster and more efficiently than ever before.” Noss is in Melbourne for the ICANN conference.

The recent news from ICANN is the latest in a string of successes for Tucows, which has been an innovator since its launch in 1994. Tucows has registered nearly 3 million domain name years since January 2000 when it first launched its OpenSRS wholesale registration service, making it the fastest growing domain name registrar in the industry.

In addition to .com, .net and .org, Tucows offers .ca, .co.uk and org.uk domain extensions and has been awarded the registry for the .vc country code. Moreover, Tucows will provide the backbone for the new .info generic Top Level Domain extension that is expected to launch later this year.

About Tucows

Tucows is a leading distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet. With a network of more than 5,000 partners/resellers in more than 110 countries around the world, Tucows is the largest network of its kind. The Tucows site offers more than 30,000 software titles in libraries located around the world, providing users with a fast local download. Tucows Inc. is an ICANN-accredited registrar. Tucows is the world’s leading provider of wholesale domain name registrations and related services. For more information, please visit: http://www.opensrs.org or http://partner.tucows.com or go to http://www.tucows.com and click on Partner Home.

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