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Big Reveal Announcement!
London, UK 13th June 2012
So ICANN has finally released a list of domain name extensions that have been applied for as part of the New gTLD programme. A total of 1930 applications have been received. This announcement has the potential to change the way that we use the Internet. Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President of ICANN called it "a historic day for the Internet". Since the initial announcement from ICANN in June 2008 that this process was being discussed, everyone has been waiting for today.
The applications that ICANN have received are made up of 911 applications from North America, 675 from Europe, 303 from the Asia-Pacific region, 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 17 from Africa. North American applications make up 47.2% of all the applications. There are 84 “community-based” applications that is an application for “a gTLD that is operated for the benefit of a clearly delineated community”. 230 domain name extensions will have to be contested after more than one application was submitted for that particular string. The total number of applications that involve contested strings is 751. A positive sign for the global growth of the Internet is that there are 166 applications for Internationalized Domain Names that use non-Latin script. Overall there are 60 countries represented with applications.
Big TLD applications from big organisations:
You can see a full list of the New gTLD applications on the ICANN website here
We are extremely excited by the published list of domain names. There are lots of public applications that mean you will be able to register them. The private names are not likely to be available to the public. Domainmonster.com, as always, will aim to be at the forefront of any advancement and be among the first to offer you these New gTLDs in the coming months and years. Don’t forget how successful we have been with previous launches! Keep up to date with everything that is happening with New gTLD applications and lots of other interesting stuff by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.