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Introduced3 September 1991
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryTelecoms Unit
SponsorGovernment of Barbados
Intended useEntities connected with  Barbados
Actual useGets some use in Barbados
Registration restrictionsLimited to residents of Barbados and companies registered there
StructureRegistrations permitted at second level and at third level beneath various second-level labels
Documents.bb domain registration form,
Policies and agreement
Registry websitewhois.telecoms.gov.bb

.bb is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Barbados.


The .bb top-level domain has been maintained by several administrators since its creation, the first of which being the University of Puerto Rico.

In 1996, the Government of Barbados sought the relegation of .bb to the incumbent local exchange carrier, Cable & Wireless (BARTEL) Ltd.

A 2001 Memorandum of Understanding was then later signed between the Government of Barbados and both Cable & Wireless (Bartel) Ltd. and its sister company Cable & Wireless (BET) Ltd., to continue the administration of the ".bb" domains until the government selected alternate directives.[citation needed]

In November 2007, .bb was again relegated to the Telecoms Unit within the Government of Barbados.[1]

The Government has indicated that the government's policy will be to maintain a semi-restricted domain. Legal issues regarding domains are to be handled by the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) arm of the Government.[citation needed]

The fee for Barbados' main ccTLD and all of the second and third-level domains is BBD$120 annually.[2] This pricing is significantly higher than most other domains, which has discouraged its use.[citation needed] At present the .bb namespace does not allow for commercial licenses to entities without some connection to Barbados.[citation needed]

At present, any person desirous of registering a ".bb" domain is required to fill out Form TU052 and send it the Telecommunications Unit for review.[3] However, it is now possible to submit the form electronically via an online portal hosted on the GovOS platform.[4]

Second-level domains[edit]

  • .co.bb - general use (usually commercial)
  • .com.bb - commercial entities
  • .net.bb - network providers
  • .org.bb - general use (usually for not-for-profit organisations)
  • .gov.bb - Barbadian government organisations
  • .edu.bb - Barbadian educational organisations
  • .info.bb - general use
  • .store.bb - general use
  • .tv.bb - general use
  • .biz.bb - general use


  • 1991-09 – University of Puerto Rico is delegated the .bb domain.
  • 1996 – The .bb ccTLD becomes re-delegated from Univ. of Puerto Rico to Cable & Wireless.
  • 2001-10-16 – The Government of Barbados and Cable & Wireless sign a MOU for the later to maintain interim-administration of the .bb ccTLD.
  • 2007-11 – The Government of Barbados assumes total administration and control of the .bb ccTLD from C&W.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "IANA Report on the Re-delegation of the .BB Top-Level Domain - 2007".
  2. ^ "Domain Registration Licences (TUL152) are renewed annually at a fee of $120". Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "BARBADOS DOMAINS". www.telecoms.gov.bb. Retrieved 2023-01-16.
  4. ^ "Registering a domain name | Barbados Digital". barbadosdigital.com. Retrieved 2023-01-16.

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