ICANN: Governments and Country-Code Managers’ Interest in the Fast Track Process

ICANN logoLast year, ICANN sent letters to countries and territories informing them about the Fast Track process — where a limited number of internationalized domain names will be added to the Internet – and asked them to indicate their level of interest. This is an update on that process.

A total of 252 letters were sent to national governments, and copied to country code top-level domain managers. So far we have received 74 responses and a small number of respondents requested confidentiality.

Out of these (not counting confidential requests), 31 said they were interested in participating in the Fast Track process, representing a total of 15 different languages. The remaining expressed they were not interested in participating at this time or indicated that they would not be eligible to obtain an IDN ccTLD under the process. (It should be noted that it is not a requirement to reply to the letter in order for a country or territory to take participation in the Fast Track process.)

Below this announcement is an updated overview of all non-confidential responses to date.

The actual strings that the respondents are interested in obtaining have not been duplicated below but they can be seen by clicking the link to the PDFs for the actual replies.

Receiving the information about the anticipated number of requests in the Fast Track Process along with the language specifics is very helpful in planning for implementation of the Fast Track Process. ICANN would like to thank those respondents for providing this information.

If you have any questions concerning the information contained in this announcement please email ICANN at: idn-cctld-rfi@icann.org

Related links

Sample letter sent to all governments and ccTLD registries
icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02oct08-en.htm

Earlier announcement on responses received
icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01nov08-en.htm

For more details about the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process:
icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/

Responses from National Government:

Country

Interest in obtaining and IDN ccTLD
during the Fast Track Process

If the IDN ccTLD string is unknown,
is the script and languages known?

Anticipated time-
frame for launch

Yes

No

Language

Script

ANGUILLA

x

English ASCII Codes
ARMENIA

x

BARBADOS

x

BHUTAN

x

1-year
BOLIVIA

x

Spanish 1/2-year
BRASIL

x

BULGARIA

x

Bulgarian Cyrillic mid-2009
CAYMAN ISLANDS

x

DENMARK

x

EGYPT

x

Arabic Arabic 6-months
FINLAND

x

GREECE

x

Greek Greek
JAPAN

x

about 1-year
JORDAN

x

1/2-year; by Q1 2009
KOREA (REP. OF)

x

Korean Hangeul 6-months – 1-year
LAO P.D.R.

x

Laotian mid-2010
LIECHTENSTEIN

x

LITHUANIA

x

NETHERLANDS

x

NORWAY

x

MEXICO

x

Spanish Latin
MONGOLIA

x

Mongolian 3-months
MOROCCO

x

Arabic Arabic 18-months
NEW ZEALAND

x

NIUE

x

PAKISTAN

x

PITCAIRN

x

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

x

Russian Cyrillic ready
SAUDI ARABIA

x

SINGAPORE

x

Chinese, Malay, Tamil
SLOVAK REPUBLIC

x

SWEDEN

x

Yiddish ready
TONGA

x

Tongan Roman
TUNISIA

x

Arabic 1/2-year
TURKEY

x

Turkish Latin w/extensions 6-months
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

x

2nd half of ’09
UNITED STATES

x

Responses from ccTLD Operators:

Country

Interest in obtaining and IDN ccTLD
during the Fast Track Process

If the IDN ccTLD string is unknown,
is the script and languages known?

Anticipated
timeframe for launch

Yes

No

Language

Script

ALGERIA

x

ANDORRA

x

Catalan
ARMENIA

x

AUSTRIA

x

German ASCII 2-years
BRASIL
x
BULGARIA

x

Bulgarian Cyrillic immediately
CHILE

x

CHINA

x

COSTA RICA

x

CROATIA

x

CZECH REPUBLIC

x

GUADELOUPE

x

IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF

x

Persian(Farsi) ready
ISRAEL

x

Hebrew up to 6-months
KENYA

x

English Latin
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA

x

1-year
LITHUANIA

x

LUXEMBOURG

x

MONGOLIA

x

Mongolian 3-months
NETHERLANDS

x

NEW ZEALAND

x

PANAMA

x

ROMANIA

x

Romanian Latin N/A
RUSSIAN FEDERATION

x

Russian end 2008
SRI LANKA

x

Sinhala, Tamil Sinhala, Tamil Dec ’08
SWEDEN

x

Yiddish ready
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

x

Arabic Arabic 6-months
THAILAND

x

Thai 6-12 months
TUNISIA

x

Arabic 1/2-year

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-10feb09-en.htm