[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest from Registrars to Receive Bulk Transfer of Names from De-Accredited Registrar Esoftwiz Inc.

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 12:21:47 SAST 2008

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News Alert

 Request for Information: ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest from
Registrars to Receive Bulk Transfer of Names from De-Accredited Registrar
Esoftwiz Inc.

12 September 2008

As the result of the de-accreditation of Esoftwiz Inc. (IANA ID 614), ICANN
is seeking Statements of Interest from ICANN-accredited registrars that are
interested in assuming sponsorship of the gTLD names that had been managed
by Esoftwiz Inc.

Esoftwiz Inc. managed approximately 1,200 gTLD registrations, including
registrations in the com and net registries, and is based in Ontario,
Canada. ICANN has secured all available Whois data for the current
registrations. There are approximately 8 second-level internationalized
domain names under this registrar's sponsorship in the com and net zones.

Request for Statements of Interest

ICANN-accredited registrars who wish to be considered as a potential
recipient of a bulk transfer of the names should be in good standing with
regard to all ICANN-obligations and submit a written statement of interest
by *no later than 23:00 UTC on Friday, 19 September 2008*, with a
description of qualification, which includes at least:

   - Registrar experience, including number of registrations and customers
   - Availability of sufficient customer service staffing to timely respond
   to customer service requests during and shortly after the bulk transfer;
   - Ability to communicate with customers in languages other than English;
   - A list of the gTLDs in which accredited and operational;
   - Experience with and knowledge of bulk-transfer procedures;
   - Documentation of procedures to resolve potential disputes of domain
   name control or registration rights (in the event of contested ownership or
   inaccurate Whois data);
   - Experience as a customer-facing / "retail" registrar business;
   - Experience with second-level IDNs in the com and net zones;
   - Ability to provide ICANN with regular status reports.

Expressions of interest should indicate, approximately, the amount of time
needed by the applicant-registrar to prepare to receive the bulk transfer.

This request for information/expressions of interest is made pursuant to the
Draft/Interim Terminated Registrar Transition Procedure posted at
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-06jun08-en.htm. ICANN
reserves the right to entertain any or none of the statements of interest
submitted in response to this request and to select or approve a
bulk-transfer recipient outside this process. To the extent confidential
treatment of any information in the submission is required, such information
should be designated accordingly. Questions and submissions should be
submitted by email to mike.zupke @ icann.org.

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