Fast Track Status Update

by Tina Dam on November 16, 2009

The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was successfully launched, as planned on 16 November 2009. It was done at exactly 00:00UTC with a very joyful count-down by the Fast Track Staff Team – followed by a wooohooo :-)

The launch went smoothly. We have since monitored the system and everything is working.

As of 10pm Pacific time (15 November 2009) we have received:

– 6 requests from countries/territories
– representing 3 different languages

Following the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Final Implementation Plan, no additional details will be reported by ICANN – that is, until requests has been successfully processed.

That said, we will be providing additional stats (as the above) updates in regular time intervals.

No countries or territories has reported problems using the system, at this time.

All details for participants and access to the system is available directly from or directly at:

Inquiries for the system are to be submitted to

A quick note to participants:

When uploading supporting material, please note that each file must be limited to 10MB. If you have larger files, please indicate that in the text box provided, and send the files to We will try to find a better solution to this soon.

We are very much looking forward to receiving additional requests and processing everything, to make IDN ccTLDs a reality for Internet users around the world!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Aaron 11.16.09 at 8:03 am

Thanks Tina. Great job with the launch. Looking forward to hearing further updates. And I’m very interested in who made the requests so far.

Nate 11.16.09 at 9:55 am

Purchase a domain name in Arabic/Chinese.
To whom it may concern:
How would one go about purchasing a domain name in Arabic or Chinese?


ben 10 11.16.09 at 11:47 am

ikea evimizin herseyi thank you

Tina Dam 11.16.09 at 6:30 pm

Hi Nate, you can find more details at the FAQ at:

We have received your question a lot lately, so let me try to address your question as follows, and perhaps a bit more elaborate than you were looking for:

ICANN is not in the business of offering the domain names registrations in IDNs or ASCII. The registrations can be made through registrars or their resellers, and for some ccTLDs directly via the TLD registry.

The Fast Track Process, as launched yesterday, enables countries and territories to go to ICANN and request their IDN ccTLD, representing their country or territory name, in their official language(s). Following successful evaluations and review of these requests, the standard String Delegation Process, will enable the insertion of these TLDs in the DNS root server.

After this step, the local IDN ccTLD manager will be able to offer registrations under it. The IDN ccTLD manager will be the entity to, together with the local Internet community, set the registration rules and provide information about where, when, and how the domains can be registered.

ICANN will post news about when launches happen as much as we can manage, and also information about the IDN ccTLD operator or manager.

All current TLD managers and operators are listed at (this will be updated overtime with the IDN ccTLD managers). Please note, that per the processes necessary, some additional time will pass before these include the new IDN ccTLDs.

That’s said, it is also worth noticing that IDN registrations under some of these existing ASCII TLDs (.com, .org, .gr, .cn, etc) have been available since 2003. The registry managers (above link) or your preferred choice of domain name registrar or reseller will be able to assist you with more information about these IDN registrations under existing ASCII TLDs.

The domain names under the generic TLDs (.com, .info, etc) must be registered through an ICANN accredited registrars or associated reseller. A list of all ICANN accredited registrars is available here:

Finally, please feel free to sign up to RSS news feeds or keep an eye on all IDN announcements from ICANN at:

I hope that helped answer your question.


bwhhisc 11.17.09 at 5:16 am

Just a note, and started to register as early as 2000′, the idn.cctlds began registration in 2003 on.

Ray Marshal 11.18.09 at 6:54 am

Where can we view the list of TLC Managers that have applied for a IDN ccTLD?

Ray Marshall

Ray Marshal 11.18.09 at 6:58 am

Sorry, I meant to type “TLD Managers”.

Ray Marshall

domuz gribi 11.18.09 at 12:53 pm


domuz gribi 11.18.09 at 12:54 pm

thanx good post

Tina Dam 11.18.09 at 1:53 pm

Hi Ray,
under the Fast Track process we are not able to publicly report on the exact countries and territories that have submitted a request.Hence you will only see the stats.

The additional details may be released by the country or territory itself, and some have decided to do so.

In addition, ICANN will make the information available publicly as soon as the String Evaluation phase has been succesfully passed. This is the same time as the entity requesting the IDN ccTLD will be able to initiate the String Delegation Process.

The place where the information will be amde available is here:


Christopher Hofman 11.18.09 at 2:54 pm

Just wanted to say that it’s a great step by ICANN to finally making it possible, and good to see that countries are already embracing The idea.

Christopher Hofman

Sylvie 11.19.09 at 1:51 am

Hello Tina,

I have seen that the Sunrise registration process for .РФ domain names opens on November 25,2009, and that .CN (where CN letters are in Chinese) is also about to open very soon. I thought that ICANN should evaluate IDN ccTLD requests before their opening. How is it possible that both IDN ccTLD .РФ and .CN (in Chinese) become so soon available?

Thank you in advance for your answers!


Ray Marshal 11.19.09 at 7:20 am

Hi Sylvie,

Can you please provide links to the news sources covering the IDN ccTLDs that you’ve mentioned above?


Ray Marshall

Ray Marshal 11.19.09 at 7:25 am

For those interested in tracking the IDN ccTLD process, please check out the link below:

Ray Marshall

Sylvie 11.19.09 at 8:14 am

Hi Ray,

Here is the link for .РФ domain names :

I don’t have any news/link for .cn in chinese language domain names, but I have heard of that from several people, but can’t find any info…

Kind regards,


Sylvie 11.19.09 at 8:33 am


this link shoudl be more useful for .РФ domain names :


Tina Dam 11.19.09 at 3:57 pm

Hi Sylvie, Ray,

it is a local decision to take pre-registrations. ICANN does not recommend or support pre-registrations since we cannot gurantee that the IDN ccTLDs are going to be available until the processing of the requests from the countries and territories is completed succesfully.

We will announce such succesful completions when available. In addition the Root Zone Database here will be updated.


Ray Marshal 11.19.09 at 10:18 pm

Hi Sylvie,

Thank you for the links!

Ray Marshall

Sylvie 11.20.09 at 3:05 am

Hello Tina,

Thank you for your answer. It will be difficult to trust such pre-registrations, because, interested people will pay for them, but the domain names won’t work until ICANN process is completed. Is there a serious reason why the requests from the countries and territories could be rejected?


Ray Marshal 11.20.09 at 7:03 am

Hi Tina,

Perhaps the middle ground on the issue of transparency is to ask the applicants if they are willing to have their names made public by ICANN at the start of the process. Otherwise, we are forced to comb the endless number of websites on the Internet to acquire such information. Thoughts???

Ray Marshall

Tina Dam 11.20.09 at 8:27 pm

Hi all, i know you are all excited to get these IDN ccTLDs out there. So are we. But we simply just need to be a bit more patient and follow the process.

@ Sylvie – Reasons for rejection could be any of the requirements in the Fast Track Process – technical problems with the string, no government support, no community support, that the string resembles a TLD already in the root…

@ Ray – interesting idea. The process though was build by the community and they specifically wanted this to be a confidential period in time. However, i will add it into the revision of the process and see if there is any opinions on it broadly.


David Parker 11.21.09 at 1:41 am

A name that is easy to remember, easy to spell and NOT subject to alternate spellings is the best choice. What if you chose, what would happen to all those who typed in or or even They might end up on someones site — but NOT yours. Don’t lose traffic by making this mistake. If you have an absolutely killer name and it has two versions, at the very least, get both names and save yourself some aggravation!

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