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1930 applications received for general top-level domains in ICANN

Started by Sudhakar, Jul 06, 2012, 06:24 AM

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1930 applications received for general top-level domains in ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has published the list of 1,930 applications received for general top-level domains (gTLDs). Among the Indian applications, Directi, the Mumbai-based registrar of domain names, has applied for 31 strings of gTLDs such as .loans, .hotel, .bank, .baby and .press, among others. Also, 21 domain name suffixes have been applied for by Indian companies, including .tata, .sbi, .reliance and .lupin, among others.

Strings applied by Directi include web, .shop, .bank, .law, .music, .news, .blog, .movie, .baby, .store, .doctor, .hotel, .play, .home .site, .website, .click, .online, .one, .ping, .space, .world, .press, .chat, .city, .deals, .insurance .loans, .app, .host, and .hosting.

Net4, an ICANN-accredited registrar has filed applications representing several Indian companies. Some of these include include .sbi and .statebank (State Bank of India), .airtel (Bharti Airtel), .bharti (Bharti Enterprises Holding), .ril (Reliance Industries Ltd), .Indians (Mumbai Indians/Reliance Industries), .tata (Tata Sons), .dabur (Dabur India), .hdfc and .hdfcbank (HDFC Bank) and .shriram (Shriram Capital).

Jasjit Sawhney, founder-chairman and CEO of Net4, said he expected the brand domain name suffixes to be approved and operational within six to seven months. Other Indian domain suffixes include .infosys (Infosys), .star (Star India), .lupin (Lupin) and .tvs (T V Sundaram Iyengar and Sons), among others.

Contention sets would be announced soon, where two firms applying for the same domain name suffix would be put in one set. Anirudh Kumar, Senior Manager, Strategy, Directi, explained since ICANN had announced they would not be able to process more than 500 applications a year, batches of the applications would be announced by July. This would be followed by an evaluation process that could take between nine months to 20 months for completion. Directi has committed $30 million (Rs 170 crore) for this application alone.

What this means is that any established public or private organisation anywhere in the world can apply to create and operate a new gTLD registry. For instance, if .Tata gets ICANN's approval, all Tata Group companies can use .tata in their web address. If Directi gets the .hotel domain name, then it can work with hotels across the globe.

Domain names are divided into two segments—generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). The gTLD segment accounts for domain names like .com, .net, .org, and .info, while ccTLDs are country-specific like .in (India), .de (Germany) and .uk (UK).

Source : indiadigitalreview


Google pays almost $18.7 million to get domains - .google, .youtube, .goog and .plus

Google proved to be one of the more ambitious applicants. It spent almost $18.7 million applying for more than 100 top-level domains, some expected, some not. Not surprisingly, the search giant wants .google, .youtube, .goog and .plus. It was the only applicant vying for .fly, .new and .eat. But it is going to have to fight Johnson & Johnson for .baby,Microsoft for .docs and .live, and Amazon for 17 top-level domains: .wow, .search, .shop, .drive, .free, .game, .mail, .map, .movie, .music, .play, .shop, .show, .spot, .store, .talk and .you.

Amazon also went after .tunes, .got, .author, .smile, .song, .joy, .bot, .like and .call. It does not appear that Facebook applied for any domain.

Apple applied for .apple. and nothing else.

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