[AfrICANN-discuss] IDN ccTLD Requests Completes Fast Track String Evaluation

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 10:19:01 SAST 2010

News Alert

 IDN ccTLD Requests Completes Fast Track String Evaluation

23 March 2010

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation
on proposed IDN ccTLDs. Announcements for the completion of each request are
provided here:

The requesters may now initiate delegation of the IDN ccTLDs by following
ICANN's standard processes for TLD delegation, through the IANA function.

Also, included are two sets of synchronized IDN ccTLDs that are pending
review in the evaluation for synchronized IDN ccTLDs. This process is
currently posted for public comments and pending finalization.

The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its
annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were
received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and
territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their
respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD
requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

   - the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
   - the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the
   corresponding country or territory; and
   - a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by
   an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes are comprised of three steps:

1.    Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory): Community
consensus and supporting documentation are assembled for the IDN ccTLD: what
string to request, how the TLD is operated, and which organization will be
running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting

2.    String Evaluation: requests for IDN ccTLDs are evaluated in accordance
with the criteria described above. i.e., the technical and linguistic
requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s). Applications and supporting
materials are received through an online system,

3.    String Delegation: requests successfully meeting string evaluation
criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA
process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. String delegation requests are
submitted to IANA root zone management function.

At this time ICANN has received a total of 19 requests for IDN ccTLD(s) in
the Fast Track Process, representing 11 languages. ICANN is looking forward
to enabling the availability of all these strings in the DNS root zone, by
completion of the String Delegation function and the synchronized IDN ccTLD
evaluation, as well as finalizing the remaining received requests in String
Evaluation, and receiving additional new requests in the Fast Track Process.

A staff support function is available to help all countries and territories
interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email
idncctldrequests at icann.org for inquiries for participation.

Updates about received numbers of applications and the number of completions
will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at

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