IDN TLDs: pre-registrations, declined requests, and other misconceptions set straight by ICANN

Writing on the ICANN blog, ICANN’s internationalised domain name expert Tina Dam writes to correct a number of misconceptions about IDN TLDs.Dam says there have been “recent statements and speculations have been made concerning the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process and related issues” with most of the concerns regarding:

  • ICANN denying some countries/territories access to the Fast Track Process
  • ICANN approving IDN ccTLDs
  • The notion of pre-registrations in new TLDs.

The article elaborates on these three important issues:

  • The Fast Track Process for submitting requests for IDN ccTLD strings is available to all eligible countries and territories. Statements like ICANN has refused IDN ccTLDs to some countries are incorrect.
  • While four IDN ccTLD strings were recently announced as successfully completing the String Evaluation step of the Fast Track Process (Egypt, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) it is important to note “the String Evaluation step is not the same as saying that ICANN approved these TLDs. These four entities must go through the final step in the Fast Track Process – String Delegation.”
  • “ICANN has not authorised pre-registration of domain names in any potential future TLDs” with the reason being simple. “There is no way to be sure that a certain string will become a TLD and hence available for domain name registration until all steps in the associated evaluation and delegation processes are successfully completed.”

To read this article by Tina Dam in full on the ICANN blog, see:
blog.icann.org/2010/02/idn-tlds-pre-registrations-declined-requests-etc/