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As expected, the ICANN board approved new gTLDs at the ICANN’s 41st global meeting currently taking place in Singapore.   This means that the naming space on the Internet will significantly increase in late 2012 or early 2013, although no one really knows how many applications will be submitted for new TLDs or how many ICANN will approve.  The current estimates are in the 300-500 range for approved TLD strings.  

The new domain extensions will include geo domains (.NYC, .PARIS), application based domains (.BANK, .SSL), special interest domains (.ECO, .FOOD) and brand domains (.CANON, .DELOITTE).  ICANN is sponsoring a four month communication period in the second half of 2011 to create awareness, followed by the application acceptance period scheduled to open on January 12, 2012 and close on April 12, 2012.   An approval period will follow in order to review all applicants and to address any gTLD strings that are sought after by more than one party.  The results of the applications will be published in November of 2012.  Safenames projects that we will see new TLDs approved and available for registration in 1Q 2013.

Safenames will be hosting a Webinar on new gTLDs on June 29th to advise you on how you can apply for your own TLD and how Safenames can help you prepare your brand(s) for the new domain choices that will be available .  Details on how to register for this event will be available shortly.

If you have any questions regarding new gTLDs and the ICANN application process, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].