First 4 IDN ccTLDs through String Evaulation

by Tina Dam on January 21, 2010

The first four IDN ccTLD requests has just been announced as having completed the String Evaulation portion of the Fast Track Process.

These are associated with: Egypt, the Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

See the full announcement here:

So what does that mean?

It means that these may now initiate the String Delegation process, which is the last step before the strings are actually in the DNS root zone and hence available for use.

The remaining 12 requests are still being processed and at ICANN we are very much looking forward to completing more requests as well as receiving additional new requests :-)

Overall, the Fast Track Process has three main steps:

1) Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory). Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation.

2) String Evaluation: incoming requests to ICANN in accordance with the criteria described above: the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s). Applications are received through an online system available together with additional material supporting the process at

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

yanni 01.21.10 at 2:05 pm

Congrats to the first countries to have passed the evaluation process and the ICANN IDN team.

Can’t wait to see these things go live.

Michael Bilde 01.23.10 at 4:56 pm

Will be interesting to follow this development and the initial number of new registrations.

internet 01.23.10 at 6:00 pm

The internet is becoming more a reflection of society every day. Soon we’ll look at the screen and see our virtual self with a life of its own. signed :

internet 01.23.10 at 6:07 pm

i give up, you guys should really put a reply to submissions so we know it went through, any type of confirmation,…

Left to wonder

internet 01.23.10 at 6:11 pm

aaaargh, i forgot to enter the anti spam word before, (Ignore my last message).

The internet is evolving everyday engulfing our old world filled with limitations towards one with fewer boundaries :)

Casus Telefon 05.04.10 at 11:08 am


Planet 08.31.10 at 7:35 pm

IDN ccTLDs 会很快越来越多的。

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