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Registry Services Announcements

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .IKANO, .SAXO, .SCOR, .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .VISTA, .VISTAPRINT, .BARCLAYS, .BARCLAYCARD and .HERMES TLDs
12 January 2017

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .SOFTBANK, .ART and .CARAVAN TLDs
19 July 2016

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .HYUNDAI, .KIA and .GODADDY TLDs
27 April 2016

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .TORAY and .PICTET TLDs
28 March 2016

Launch of Registration Authentication Platform for .MOI TLD
2 March 2016

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .STUDY, .COURSES, .LAMBORGHINI, XN--3OQ18VL8PN36A, .VOLKSWAGEN, .BUGATTI, .AUDI and .DELTA TLDs
15 December 2015

Launch of Supplementary Registration Proxy Service for gTLDs Operated by XYZ.COM LLC
10 December 2015

Removal of Searchable Whois Service from .MEET Registry Agreement
22 October 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .BROTHER, .GEA, .ACO, .SECURITY, .PROTECTION, .THEATRE and .RENT TLDs
1 September 2015

Removal of Searchable Whois Service from .SHARP Registry Agreement
30 July 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .GLOBAL, .BNPPARIBAS, .BRIDGESTONE and .FIRESTONE TLDs
21 June 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .KOMATSU and .RICOH TLDs
26 May 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .SONY, .ARCHI, .BIO and .SAARLAND TLDs
13 May 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .HONDA, .AXA, .EPSON, .HSBC, .XYZ and .COLLEGE TLDs
31 March 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs
2 March 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .DVAG, .TUI, .SPIEGEL, .ALLFINANZ and .FLSMIDTH TLDs
6 January 2015

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .BMW and .MINI TLDs
11 December 2014

.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains
6 November 2014

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .NEUSTAR TLD
19 September 2014

Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names for .JETZT, .GLOBAL, .NEUSTAR, .KIWI, .BERLIN
21 September 2014

Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names for .SOHU, .IMMO, .SAARLAND, .CLUB
19 August 2014

Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) Report on Public Interest Registry's Request to Implement Technical Bundling in .NGO and .ONG
29 July 2014

Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names for .LUXURY, .WANG, XN--3BST00M, XN--6QQ986B3XL, XN--CZRU2D, XN--45Q11C, .BUILD, .REN, .PIZZA, .RESTAURANT, .GIFTS, .SARL, XN--55QX5D, XN--IO0A7I, and 20 TLDs associated with Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
23 July 2014

Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names for .DEALS, XN--FJQ720A, .CITY, .XYZ, .COLLEGE, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .HEALTHCARE, .WORLD, .BAND
8 July 2014

Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names in the New gTLD Namespace
12 June 2014

.NGO and .ONG Registry Services Evaluation Process Request – Introduction of Technical Bundling
10 June 2014

.WED Registry Agreement Amendment – Introduction of Third Level Domain Sales
4 June 2014

ICANN Opens Comment Period on Revised Telnic Contract Amendment
19 October 2007

ICANN Completes Renewal of Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel
6 September 2007

ICANN Opens Comment Period on Telnic Proposal
11 May 2007

ICANN Opens Public Comment Period on GNR Proposal
20 October 2006

ICANN Opens Public Comment Period on the Tralliance Proposed New Registry Service
18 September 2006

Addition to Website and Announcement of Information Page on Requests for New Registry Services
As part of ICANN's effort to support a timely, open and transparent process for the evaluation of new registry services, ICANN has today added a link in the Current Issues menu of the ICANN website to the Registry Services Evaluation Process. This page serves as the information area for the Registry Services Evaluation Policy and requests for new registry services.
13 September 2006

ICANN Announces Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel and Launch of the Registry Request Service
ICANN is pleased to announce additional information regarding the process for considering proposed registry services including: description of process detail, the development of an online tool for submissions, and the introduction of the members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel...
30 August 2006

ICANN Announces Implementation of the Process for Review of New gTLD Registry Services
ICANN announces the implementation of the process for review of new gTLD Registry Services and adoption of the Registry Services Evaluation Process.
25 July 2006

ICANN Board Resolution Approving Nomination of Lyman Chapin as Chair of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel
31 March 2006

Nomination for Chair of the Technical Panel for New Registry Services
26 January 2006

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."