Fifth Round of TLD Approvals Released

April 22, 2013 - ICANN released the latest round of Top Level Domain (TLD) evaluation results, bringing the total number of TLD applications to pass the Initial Evaluation phase to 169.

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is currently evaluating applications for new Top Level Domains (TLDs). A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .COM is the most popular Top Level Domain today.

In 2012, ICANN accepted applications for new Top Level Domains. Over 1,900 applications for new TLDs such as .WEB, .SHOP, .BMW, and .CAR were filed. ICANN is expected to review all 1,900 applications by August of this year, starting in batches of 30 per week and increasing to over 100 per week.

The first step in the evaluation process is the Initial Evaluation, which is where ICANN reviews each applicant for technical preparedness, financial stability, and string appropriateness. After passing the initial evaluation, applicants must pass a technical readiness test and, afterwards, must sign a Registry contract with ICANN. After the Registry contract is signed, each applicant will be recommended for delegation into the Root zone. ICANN's CEO Fadi Cherhade announced earlier this year that the first TLDs could be recommended for delegation as early as April 23. After delegation into the root zone, an applicant may take anywhere from six months to a year to begin making domain names available to the general public.

ICANN has been reviewing TLDs in the order which was established by a lottery held by ICANN on December 17, 2012.

Below are the applicants that were evaluated in this evaluation round.

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