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Governments and Country-Code Managers' Interest in the Fast Track Process

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Last year, ICANN sent letters to countries and territories informing them about the Fast Track process — where a limited number of internationalized domain names will be added to the Internet – and asked them to indicate their level of interest. This is an update on that process.

A total of 252 letters were sent to national governments, and copied to country code top-level domain managers. So far we have received 74 responses and a small number of respondents requested confidentiality.

Out of these (not counting confidential requests), 31 said they were interested in participating in the Fast Track process, representing a total of 15 different languages. The remaining expressed they were not interested in participating at this time or indicated that they would not be eligible to obtain an IDN ccTLD under the process. (It should be noted that it is not a requirement to reply to the letter in order for a country or territory to take participation in the Fast Track process.)

Below this announcement is an updated overview of all non-confidential responses to date.

The actual strings that the respondents are interested in obtaining have not been duplicated below but they can be seen by clicking the link to the PDFs for the actual replies.

Receiving the information about the anticipated number of requests in the Fast Track Process along with the language specifics is very helpful in planning for implementation of the Fast Track Process. ICANN would like to thank those respondents for providing this information.

If you have any questions concerning the information contained in this announcement please email ICANN at: idn-cctld-rfi@icann.org

Related links

Sample letter sent to all governments and ccTLD registries
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02oct08-en.htm

Earlier announcement on responses received
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01nov08-en.htm

For more details about the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process:
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/

Responses from National Government:

Country

Interest in obtaining and IDN ccTLD
during the Fast Track Process

If the IDN ccTLD string is unknown,
is the script and languages known?

Anticipated time-
frame for launch

Yes

No

Language

Script

ANGUILLA

 

x

English

ASCII Codes

 

ARMENIA

 

x

 

 

 

BARBADOS

 

x

 

 

 

BHUTAN

x

 

 

 

1-year

BOLIVIA

 

x

Spanish

 

1/2-year

BRASIL

  

x

     

BULGARIA

x

 

Bulgarian

Cyrillic

mid-2009

CAYMAN ISLANDS

 

x

 

 

 

DENMARK

 

x

 

 

 

EGYPT

x

 

Arabic

Arabic

6 months

FINLAND

 

x

 

 

 

GREECE

x

 

Greek

Greek

 

JAPAN

x

 

 

 

about 1-year

JORDAN

x

 

 

 

1/2-year; by Q1 2009

KOREA (REP. OF)

x

 

Korean

Hangeul

6-months - 1-year

LAO P.D.R.

x

 

Laotian

 

mid-2010

LIECHTENSTEIN

 

x

 

 

 

LITHUANIA

 

x

 

 

 

NETHERLANDS

 

x

 

 

 

NORWAY

 

x

 

 

 

MEXICO

  

x

Spanish

Latin

 

MONGOLIA

x

 

Mongolian

 

3-months

MOROCCO

x

 

Arabic

Arabic

18-months

NEW ZEALAND

 

x

 

 

 

NIUE

 

x

 

 

 

PAKISTAN

x

 

 

 

 

PITCAIRN

 

x

 

 

 

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

x

  

Russian

Cyrillic

ready

SAUDI ARABIA

x

 

 

 

 

SINGAPORE

x

 

Chinese, Malay, Tamil

 

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

 

x

 

 

 

SWEDEN

x

 

Yiddish, Hebrew

 

ready

TONGA

 

x

Tongan

Roman

 

TUNISIA

x

 

Arabic

 

1/2-year

TURKEY

x

 

Turkish

Latin w/extensions

6-months

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

x

 

 

 

2nd half of '09

UNITED STATES

 

x

 

 

 

 

Responses from ccTLD Operators:

Country

Interest in obtaining and IDN ccTLD
during the Fast Track Process

If the IDN ccTLD string is unknown,
is the script and languages known?

Anticipated
timeframe for launch

Yes

No

Language

Script

ALGERIA

x

 

 

 

 

ANDORRA

 

x

Catalan

 

 

ARMENIA

 

x

 

 

 

AUSTRIA

 

x

German

ASCII

2-years

BRASIL  
x
     

BULGARIA

x

 

Bulgarian

Cyrillic

immediately

CHILE

 

x

 

 

 

CHINA

x

 

 

 

 

COSTA RICA

 

x

 

 

 

CROATIA

 

x

 

 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

 

x

 

 

 

EGYPT

x

 

Arabic

Arabic

2009/2010

GUADELOUPE

 

x

 

 

 

IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF

x

 

Persian(Farsi)

 

ready

ISRAEL

x

 

Hebrew

 

up to 6-months

KENYA

 

x

English

Latin

 

LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA

x

 

 

 

1-year

LITHUANIA

 

x

 

 

 

LUXEMBOURG

 

x

 

 

 

MONGOLIA

x

 

Mongolian

 

3-months

NETHERLANDS

 

x

 

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

x

 

 

 

PANAMA

 

x

 

 

 

ROMANIA

 

x

Romanian

Latin

N/A

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

x

 

Russian

 

end 2008

SRI LANKA

x

 

Sinhala, Tamil

Sinhala, Tamil

Dec '08

SWEDEN

x

 

Yiddish, Hebrew

 

ready

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

x

 

Arabic

Arabic

6-months

THAILAND

x

 

Thai

 

6-12 months

TUNISIA

x

 

Arabic

 

1/2-year


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