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First IDN ccTLD Requests Pass String Evaluation

For those keeping an eye on the latest developments on the IDN ccTLD (domain extensions in local language characters), there was news out of ICANN yesterday that the first four string evaluations were successful for IDN ccTLDs in these four countries: Egypt, the Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

This process began last October at the annual ICANN meeting in Seoul, South Korea, when ICANN first approved the fast track process, which allows countries and territories to represent themselves with domain extensions in scripts other than latin.  This latest development, with four countries moving through the process, is a promising sign that 2010 will see a number of fully-approved and functional IDN ccTLDs released.

You can read more in ICANN’s announcement here, and if you have specific questions about IDN ccTLDs and your portfolio, contact us and we will be glad to answer your questions.  We will continue to keep you up to date with all the latest, so check back often!