.SAARLAND is in the Sunrise
The .SAARLAND domain started in the first phase of its four-stage launch process, the so-called Sunrise period. Simultaneously, the Founders Program, in which interested parties can apply for .SAARLAND addresses with an innovative utilization concept, began. As of October 30, .SAARLAND domain names will be generally available and can be registered on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
First new TLD using KSregistry solution is live - others will follow soon
.ARCHI started in the General Availability on June 16 and is the first new TLD using the registry system of the KSregistry GmbH as technical framework. Startingdot's .ARCHI is the new top level domain exclusively reserved for the community of professional architects with official support from the International Union of Architects (UIA).
Other new TLDs which use the KSregisty GmbH as technical back-end, such as .BIO and .DESI, are in the Sunrise.
.BIO, another Startingdot TLD, was delegated in the Internet root zone on June 2 and started its Sunrise period on June 11, 2014. .BIO is a new internet domain space created for the organic food and farming industry. The mission of the .BIO TLD is to implement national and international organic standards and legislation with the help of .BIO domain name registrants. Further launch data are not published yet.
The .DESI Sunrise will end on August 16, 2014, followed by the Landrush from August 25 to September 26, 2014 and the General Availability as of October 6, 2014. .DESI represents an informal term that is used by many members of the South Asian Diaspora to identify themselves. It refers to people, cultures and products from the Indian subcontinent and is used by the Diaspora to connote an origin or a connection with the Desi regions.
The geoTLD .SAARLAND, which represents a federal state within Germany, will start in the Sunrise period on July 17, 2014. The domain extension .SAARLAND shall strengthen and further extend the regional identity of the Saarland, its citizens and friends on the Internet. Further launch data can be found here.
Further new TLDs using the KSregistry solution such as .TUI or .Zuerich are still waiting for their delegation by ICANN.
KSregistry becomes registry provider for .VG
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands. The former technical backend provider, KSregistry GmbH, resumes the operation of .VG in future. Due to the difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, 2014. However, the .VG zone will remain frozen until April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC.
While the .VG zone is frozen, no registrations, modifications, transfers, deletions or renewals can be made. From April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC to May 11, 2014, 23:59 UTC the .VG TLD will be reopened for KSregistry accredited registrars. It will then be possible to update, renew or delete domain names. Starting May 12, 2014, 10:00 UTC KSregistry will also allow the registration of new domain names. Discrepancies in the registration data may result from the operation of a shadow registry by a third party that had partial control of the .VG zone from March 8, 2013 to April 11, 2014.
Since the previous TLD operator Meridian was never an authorized registry provider and because of the unwillingness of Meridian to cooperate, all domain actions which have been processed since March 8, 2013 through the Meridian system unfortunately cannot not be reflected in the .VG zone. In order to become an accredited KSregistry .VG registrar please contact us at email@example.com. We will provide you the RRA for signature.
.SAARLAND domain delegated
The .SAARLAND TLD has been delegated by ICANN last week. The dotSaarland GmbH, the operator of .SAARLAND, intends to start the launch with the Sunrise period on July 18, 2014. The KSregistry GmbH will take over the technical backend of the .SAARLAND TLD.
“Saarland” is the name of a federal state within Germany. The company wants to provide a platform which serves the needs of the regional community, provide a common internet address to the community, and promote the region and its people, services and regional attractions.
New gTLDs Pass Quarter Million Registrations With Some Interesting Successes
- David Goldstein -
The number of new gTLD domains under management has passed the quarter million mark according to nTLDstats.com with the number reaching 253,883 according to the latest figures.
The figures to 17 March show some surprising successes. The most successful by a long way has been .guru, which accounts for close to one in five new gTLD registrations. There are 45,043 .guru registrations accounting for 17.40 percent of all new gTLD domain names.
Second is .photography with 28,380 registrations, or 10.96 percent of all registrations while somewhat surprisingly the shorter .camera is 22nd with only 3,300 registrations, or 1.29 percent of all new gTLD registrations. Both have been available for similar lengths of time.
The rest of the top ten is made up of generic names in English. The first geographical gTLDs are German with .ruhr coming in 44nd with 206 registrations and .berlin is 38rd with 1,227.
The first non-English domain is also the first non-Latin gTLD. Currently coming in 27th is みんな (which translates as "everyone”) with 2,791 (1.08%) registrations while شبكة (.shabaka which translates as “web”) has 1,687 (0.65%) registrations.
However it is worth noting that many of these domains with only a couple of hundred domains are still not in General Availability phase. For example, .berlin started its General Availability phase today while .ruhr starts its on 27 March.
And the first brand to be delegated, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has the grand total of three registrations!
Support availability throughout Christmas and New Year
Due to a the holiday season there will be no regular support (including bank activities) from December 24 to 26, 2013, as well as on December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
On December 27 and 30, 2013 as well as from January 2, 2014, our support team will be available as usual: Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00 CET.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2014!
ICANN's new gTLD program: First Sunrise period has begun
The شبكة. TLD of the dotShabaka Registry is the first TLD of ICANN's new gTLD program that has gone live this weekend. شبكة. (.shabaka) is Arabic for the term “web”.
The launch plan for شبكة. domain names provides three phases: the Sunrise, the Landrush and the General Availability. The Sunrise started on October 31, 2013, and will end on December 29, 2013. Domain name applications will be accepted from day one, allocation will occur at the end of Sunrise phase. The Landrush period will take place from January 2 - 31, 2014, followed by the General Availability as of February 4, 2014. The Trademark Claims service will start on January 2, 2014, and end on April 4, 2014. Contested domain names (more than one application for a domain name) will be auctioned.
ICANN: First new gTLD delegations are imminent
According to ICANN, the first four domains of its New gTLD Program can move on to delegation.
These four new TLDs are the strings شبكة. of the International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd. (Arabic: “web” or “network”), .онлайн of the Core Association (Russian: “online”), .cайт of the Core Association (Russian: “Web site”) and .游戏 of Spring Fields, LLC (Chinese: “game”). These TLDs are the first of more than 1,000 TLDs of the new gTLD program and the first generic TLDs that use non-Latin characters.
The registry contracts for these IDNs were signed in July 2013 during the 47th ICANN Meeting in Durban. The applicants successfully completed now the application process including evaluation, resolution of holds (objections and string contention), contracting and pre-delegation testing.
Support hours on October 3
Due to a German holiday (Day of German Unity) our headquarters in St. Ingbert, Germany is closed on Thursday, October 3. Thus, there will be no regular support on that date.
As of October 4, our complete support team will be available as usual:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 to 18:00 CET (German and English)
Phone: +49 (0) 6894 - 9396 250
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Introduction of several new top level domains is delayed again
Due to possible name collisions in the Domain Name System (DNS), which require further security measures, the introduction of some new top level domains will be delayed by up to 6 months, according to ICANN.
Some of the new top level domain extensions are already finding use in private networks and thus might cause problems, ICANN commissioned a study that divides the TLDs according to their potential risk of name collision in three categories. Thus, 80% of the extensions have a low risk, 20% involve an incalculable risk and two endings, .HOME and .CORP, are particularly risky.
The assignment and delegation of the low-risk 80% new TLDs continues, but additional mitigation measures are recommended, which however should not affect the schedule of the delegation. To estimate the incalculable risk of the remaining 20% better, there will be further studies. During this time, which could include three to six months, a delegation of these endings won't be possible. It is expected that the applications for .CORP and .HOME will be rejected, if they cannot change their classification.
ICANN meeting: First registry contracts for new TLDs signed
Fadi Chehadé, president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the respective applicants signed the first registry contracts for four of the new TLDs during the 47th ICANN Meeting in Durban. For these TLDs, an entry in the root zone is conceivable as of September 5, 2013.
For the following applications, the contracts were signed:
International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.:???? (Arabic: .web or .network)
Spring Fields, LLC: ?? (Chinese: .game)
Core Association: ?????? (Russian: .online)
Core Association: ???? (Russian: .website)
KSregistry becomes registry provider for .GD
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), an agent of the state Grenada, has delegated the operation of .GD, the ccTLD of Grenada, to the former technical backend provider, KSregistry GmbH. Due to the difficulties with the former .GD zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .GD zone under the control and the responsibility of the NTRC on May 1, 2013. However, the .GD zone will remain frozen until May 21, 2013, to ensure a maximum of consistency in the zone and to resolve potential discrepancies.
Discrepancies in the registration data may result from the operation of a shadow registry by a third party that had partial control of the .GD zone from March 8 to May 1, 2013. While the .GD zone is frozen, no registrations, modifications, transfers, deletions or renewals can be made until the zone file has been fully reviewed and confirmed as valid and complete. Expired domains which are still in the zone can explicit be set to be either deleted or renewed prior to the reactivation of automated domain deletion function on May 21. Contact and nameserver updates can be done by each registrar for the domain names in its portfolio once the ServerUpdateProhibited status is removed. The NTRC and the KSregistry GmbH intend to resolve the discrepancies in the registration data with the .GD accredited registrars until May 21, 2013.
'The KSregistry GmbH offers as registry provider a registry solution tailored to the needs and wishes of .GD registrants and resellers', states Alexander Siffrin, CEO of KSregistry GmbH. 'We at the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) have the responsibility for the management of the .GD domain and are happy in our choice of working with KSregistry GmbH as part of our efforts to return stability to, and permanently strengthen our country code top level domain. KSregistry has been very accommodating in assisting Grenada in regaining control of the zone', adds Aldwyn Ferguson, coordinator of the Grenada National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.
The KSregistry GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of the international domain registrar Key-Systems GmbH, provides a customized registry operation and comprehensive tools to facilitate registrations at registry, registrar and reseller levels. Due to the modular character of KSregistry's services, the customer-specific solution can be expanded and modified according to changing needs at all times. KSregistry is based on a TIER III architecture which guarantees maximum security for all services. By using the data center of SKYWAY, a 100 per cent Key-Systems subsidiary, fast reaction times and full process control are secured.
KSregistry website uses DNSSEC
The recently revised KSregistry website provides as one of the first German sites Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).
DNSSEC adds the Domain Name System (DNS). DNSSEC can ensure that the DNS data provided by a responding computer are genuine and complete and are also transported unchanged. The use of DNSSEC guarantees that only the website is displayed that is actually called.
KSregistry system achieves high result in technical evaluation by ICANN
Last Friday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the Initial Evaluation Results for 27 new generic top level domains (gTLDs). Among the TLDs with a successful evaluation was one, whose operation is based on the technical solution of the KSregistry GmbH, a wholly owned Key-Systems subsidiary. The high evaluation result of 29 out of 30 points shows how reliable the KSregistry solution is, that it can withstand the comparison with established vendors and even achieve better results in some aspects.
St. Ingbert, 13-03-26. In the Initial Evaluation Results ICANN analyzes and evaluates the technical and economic aspects of the proposed new gTLDs. Among other things, the infrastructure of the technical backends for registry operation is examined. 22 points are required to pass the technical part. The IDN extension (IDN = Internationalized Domain Names) relying on the technical basis of KSregistry significantly exceeded this requirement with 29 of 30 points.
Also the financial and legal part, parented by the consulting firm ThomsenTrampedach and the lawyer Torsten Bettinger, received a high evaluation result. The TLD scored 10 of 11 possible points, 8 were needed to pass the test.
"We are glad that our work has received such a great result in the review by ICANN", says Oliver Fries, CTO of KSregistry GmbH. "Further, we are very confident about the result of the still to be evaluated 28 applications that rely on KSregistry as backend provider."
The evaluations completed to date by ICANN concern 27 multilingual (IDN) TLDs. Their launch is expected for later this year.
Press Statement: KSregistry / Adamsnames
Today, the KSregistry GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of the Key-Systems GmbH, has learned that a third party has executed a transfer of the domain name adamsnames.net and now operates a shadow registry under this domain. According to the CEO of AdamsNames Ltd., Mr. Carsten Pauli, this transfer was not authorized by the registry operator.
The provision of the technical back-end services by KSregistry GmbH for the ccTLDs .TC, .GD and .VG authorized by AdamsNames Ltd., is currently being negatively affected by the actions of the third party.
In order to not endanger the integrity of the zone after addressing the issues, the Key-Systems GmbH as registrar has decided to not permit current modifications to domains under .TC, .GD and .VG. The resolution and renewal of the domains will not be affected.
Key-Systems GmbH has at no time hijacked a domain name from Adamsnames Ltd. It has in the incident referred to by the party currently claiming to represent Adamsnames acted upon a request of the director of Adamsnames Ltd. who is also the signatory of the agreement outsourcing the technical backend of the registry to KSregistry GmbH.
On the other hand the transfer of the domain name adamsnames.net and with that the ability to change the management of the zone has to our knowledge been initiated without permission of Adamsnames Ltd. It is noteworthy that at this time the domain names listed by the current technical operator do not list Adamsnames Ltd. as registrant: ADAMSNAMES.NET, adamsnames.org, adamsnames.eu.
Update (April 12, 2013) - Freeze of the zones .TC, .GD and .VG required
Due to continuing uncertainties regarding the administration of the ccTLDs .TC, .GD and .VG, RRPproxy won't enable any modifications, new registrations, transfers and renewals of domains in these name spaces as of now.
This measure is intended to not endanger the integrity of the zone after problem solution. The resolution of existing domain names is not affected. Currently, the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) is in the process of clarifying the responsibility for the three domain extensions. Once the administration of the TLDs .TC, .GD and .VG is clear again, RRPproxy will get back to regular registrar operation for these TLDs as soon as possible.
New gTLD process: 19 applications withdrawn
The number of 1,930 initial applications for a new gTLD meanwhile decreased to 1,911. Thus far 19 applications have been withdrawn. These are the following applications and applicants:
.and (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
.ansons (CBM Creative Brands Marken GmbH)
.are (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
.cadillac (General Motors LLC)
.caremore (WellPoint, Inc.)
.chartis (American International Group, Inc.)
.chatr (Rogers Communications Partnership)
.chevrolet (General Motors LLC)
.cialis (Eli Lilly and Company)
.est (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
.glean (Lifestyle Domain Holdings, Inc.)
.gmbh (GMBH Registry, LLC)
.gmc (General Motors LLC)
.hilton (HLT Stakis IP Limited)
.ksb (KSB Aktiengesellschaft)
.skolkovo (Fund for Development)
.swiss (Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.)
.thehartford (Hartford Fire Insurance Company)
.transformers (Hasbro International, Inc.)
ICANN: String Similarity Contention Sets released
ICANN publicized the results of the string similarity review, a part of the initial evaluation of applications in the gTLD process. Identical or similar applications for new gTLDs are put in contention sets. There are two contention sets, including four non-matching applications: .HOTEIS and .HOTELS as well as .UNICOM and .UNICORN, and 230 exact matching sets. A total of 754 applications are affected by contention.
Full list of contention sets
ICANN starts Trademark Clearinghouse on March 26
Today, ICANN announced the implementation of Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a worldwide storage for trademark data, on March 26, 2013. In good time before the planned delegation of the first new gTLDs in April, companies and individuals will be able to protect their trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse. Through the verification of their trademark information by the TMCH, right holders may profit from a lot of services supporting the protection of their rights.
The TMCH contains two functions: trademark validation and database administration. The trademark validation will start with the submission of trademark data by right holders on March 26. Responsible for the verification of these submissions will be the Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services. For the database administration, ICANN will cooperate with IBM. This cooperation will include the dissemination of relevant data for Sunrise and Trademark Claims services. The advantage for right holders that register their marks with the TMCH will be the authorization to Sunrise registrations.
Approvals of the first new TLDs as of April 23 expected
Fadi Chehadé, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ICANN, announced in an interview that recommendations for the delegation the first new gTLDs could be given as of April 23, 2013. At this time giving recommendations could be possible, since in the last few weeks major progress in the alignment of process definition have been achieved. Due to unforeseen reasons the date could move for days or weeks, but not for months.
Results of ICANN's New gTLD Priorization Draw Published
ICANN published the results of the priorization draw held in Los Angeles on December 17, 2012. Among the first 150 gTLD applications to be evaluated and delegated are all IDN strings; these were prioritized in the draw. Furthermore, strings such as .energy (116), .food (rank 117), .camera (123), .koeln (126), .city (133), .lifestyle (144) or .tech (142) ranked under the first 150 TLDs to be realized.
ICANN intends to announce the evaluation results at a rate of about 100 applications per week, according to the priorization draw results from late March to late June. 20 contract signatures and pre-delegation tests per week are planned. However, no contracts will be signed before the ICANN meeting in Beijing next April.
Final results are posted on ICANN's website at http://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus soon.
New gTLD process: GAC published Early Warnings
After informing the affected applicantsdirectly, GAC released a list of Early Warnings, which concerns 242 of about 1,924 individual applications.
The GAC Early Warnings are notifications which are composed of requests for information or clarification on certain aspects of an application. These should not be confused with a formal objection and can not lead to the rejection of the application. But receiving a GAC Early Warning increases the likelihood that this application will also be subject of GAC Advice or of a formal objection in the course of the further application process.
The GAC is a committee which advises ICANN and consists of representatives of national governments from all over the world.
Please find the list of TLDs/applicants who received an Early Warming here.
ICANN settles date for prioritization draw
ICANN announced the date for the prioritization draw that will take place at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles on December 17, 2012. ICANN's prioritization draw is a method to clarify the order in which the applications for new TLDs will be evaluated..
The Prioritization Draw method provides that ICANN sell numbered $100 paper tickets for each application. Participants will have to buy them in person or through an authorized in-person representative. Travel costs to Los Angeles can be avoided with the appointment of representatives. It is not possible to purchase tickets online. IDN applications will be given priority.
ICANN expects that the initial evaluation of the applications for the new TLDs will be finished by August 2013.
ICANN news: proposal for prioritizing new gTLD applications
ICANN published a proposal for the prioritization of the new gTLD applications in the evaluation process, the so-called Prioritization Draw method. The procedure shall enable the contemporary processing of applications and execution of pre-delegation tests. The result of this is that the first new TLDs could be delegated in the second quarter of 2013. ICANN also extended the objection period by two month to March 13, 2013.
The Prioritization Draw method provides that ICANN will host a Draw in early December (between December 4-15) and sell numbered $100 paper tickets for each application. Participants will have to buy them in person or through an in-person representative. Travel costs can be avoided with the appointment of representatives. It is not possible to purchase tickets online. The tickets will be drawn in a lottery and the priority number, the so-called Draw Numbers, will be assigned in advance. Applicants won't be able to exchange their numbers. IDN applications will be given priority.
The Draw Number will be used to fix appointments for further processes such as pre-delegation testing, contract negotiations, and executing agreements and for the release of evaluation results. ICANN intends to announce the evaluation results at a rate of about 100 applications per week, starting with the IDN TLDs from late March to late June. 20 contract signatures and pre-delegation tests per week are planned. However, no contracts will be signed before the ICANN meeting in Beijing next April.
KSregistry is technical back end provider for .TC, .VG and .GD
AdamsNames Limited, since 1999 the official administrator for the top level domains (TLDs) .TC, .VG and .GD, has partnered with the KSregistry GmbH to operate these TLDs. AdamsNames will use KSregistry as basic, technical framework for domain registration and management. The German based provider KSregistry GmbH offers a customized technical registry operation and comprehensive tools to facilitate registrations at registry, registrar and reseller levels. KSregistry is a fully-owned subsidiary of the international domain registrar Key-Systems GmbH. Supported by KSregistry GmbH, AdamsNames Limited launched the operation of the country-code top level domains (ccTLDs) .TC, .VG and .GD on August 13, 2012.
After taking over the operation of .DM (Dominica) in June 2012, KSregistry now is the technical backbone for three further ccTLDs, namely .TC, .VG and .GD.
ICANN update: Comment on the further progress of the new gTLD process
After the end of the metering comment period last Sunday, during which the applicants were able to express their suggestions for a metering process, ICANN will use the next six weeks to check the proposals and to discuss them with the community. ICANN expects for the duration of the complete Evaluation phase a period of up to eleven months. Furthermore, the number of application withdrawals has risen to six. ICANN will hold another webinar in September. Further information can be found in ICANN's Roadmap for Processing New gTLD Applications.
ICANN update: New information about the new gTLD evaluation process
ICANN has published new data about the next steps of the new gTLD evaluation process and about the metering/batching problem via an applicant webinar.
ICANN has announced that there have been three application withdrawals and 49 requests to change applications. Further, ICANN described the concept of “Clarification Questions (CQs)” which are additional questions to provide applicants with the opportunity to clarify aspects of the applications that do not contain enough information to render a decision according to the evaluators. The great majority of applicants will receive at least one CQ. About 90% of the applicants will get a CQ about their financial status and another 40% about their technical plans.
The following schedule results from the announcement of ICANN:
July 29 – August 20: metering/batching: comment period
August 20 – September 27: metering/batching: solution development
September 26: application comment period closes
September 27 – October 3: metering/batching: summarize status
Post-October 3: metering/batching: additional public discussion to develop consensus if required
October 2012 (or shortly thereafter): GAC early warning expected
January 12, 2013: objection period closes
April 2013: GAC communicates considerations on GAC advice
June/July 2013: all initial evaluations complete, published at the same time
Autumn 2013: (expected) first delegations
ICANN: New timeline for new gTLDs
ICANN has published a new timetable for the new gTLD evaluation process. According to this, the results of the Initial Evaluation could be released in summer 2013 and the first new gTLDs could go live in autumn 2013.
ICANN has announced that there will be a simultaneous evaluation of all 1,930 applications and that the evaluation process is still ongoing. More details on the evaluation process are not yet known. After suspending Digital Archery, ICANN admits to have not yet decided on a metering method. Therefore ICANN offers the community the opportunity to send its proposals for the further evaluation process to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received by 19 August 2012 (UTC 00:00) will be considered.
.dm domain registrations now available with KSregistry technology
The Dot DM Corporation will re-launch the operation of Dominica's Top Level Domain .dm with Key-Systems’ registration and management platform KSregistry at the ICANN meeting in Prague (24 to 29 June 2012). Currently, .dm domains are offered by thirteen registrars, including Key-Systems' reseller portal RRPproxy, its retail service domaindiscount24 and corporate domain portal BrandShelter.
In December 2011, the DotDM Corporation, official administrator for the Top Level Domain .dm, chose KSregisty GmbH to operate the new .dm registry platform. The KSregistry system will be the technical backbone for three further ccTLDs soon. The KSregistry GmbH is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Key-Systems GmbH. The KSregistry system will serve as the technical basis of .dm and will supply the DotDM Corporation with comprehensive tools to facilitate registrations at the registry, registrar and reseller levels.