Thursday, October 19, 2017

Acquire a withdrawn new gTLD application?

Most withdrawn new gTLD applications were projects that submitted an application to ICANN but then, for whatever reason (auctions, failed project, lack of funding, too much time wasted waiting...) these applications were withdrawn.

For the increasing number of people who missed the first round of the ICANN new gTLD program, any application - withdrawn or "for sale" - can be understood as a second chance to participate prior to the next round to begin so yes, I received the question below.

Can I acquire a withdrawn application?
I was sent that question, a request to which I had to answer "no". If the answer to such a question can sound obvious, I sent it to ICANN and I received the strange following answer below.

What ICANN answers
Since a withdrawn application enters the validation process, I wanted to have the real answer from ICANN. I removed the name of the person who answered.

My question
--------------- Original Message ---------------
From: Jean [whatever@jovenet.consulting]
Sent: 10/16/2017 3:06 AM
To: globalsupport@icann.org
Subject: Withdrawn new gTLD applications

Dear Sir,

Is it possible to acquire a withdrawn new gTLD application? (re-pay fees,
etc...)

With regards,

The automated answer
--------------- Original Message ---------------
From: ICANN Global Support Center [globalsupport@icann.org.masked]
Sent: 10/16/2017 12:28 PM
To: whatever@jovenet.consulting
Subject: RE: Withdrawn new gTLD applications [ ]

Dear Jean Guillon,

Thank you for contacting the ICANN Global Support Center.

This message is to confirm receipt of your request regarding withdrawals. We have forwarded your case to our internal department and a team member from that department will be in contact with you shortly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards,
(Name removed)
Global Support Analyst II
ICANN Global Support Team

ICANN's answer
--------------- Original Message ---------------
ICANN Global Support Center globalsupport@icann.org.masked via whatever 9:44 PM (14 hours ago) to me


Dear Jean Guillon,

Thank you for contacting the ICANN Global Support Center.

I will be happy to provide you with further information. You may not acquire a withdrawn application, but if the TLD is still available, you may apply for a new gTLD.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns. This case will now be resolved. Thank you for contacting ICANN.

Best Regards,
(Name removed)
Global Support Analyst II
ICANN Global Support Team

WTF
Hey wait: did I miss an announcement?

CentralNic secures contract for 14 new gTLDs

CentralNic has agreed to provide KSregistry GmbH with its market leading Top Level Domain registry services. The deal with KSregistry covers 14 Top-Level Domain (“TLD”) extensions currently managed by OpenRegistry, which KSregistry acquired from Group NCC in 2017.

CentralNic’s registry services division is already the global leader and is the only company to support six out of the top twenty new Top-Level Domains, including .xyz, the domain chosen for new ventures by Google (abc.xyz), Deloitte (exponentials.xyz) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (engine.xyz) among many others. CentralNic is also a leader in TLD services for governments and enterprise, managing multiple country-code and geographic TLDs as well as the TLDs of global 1000 companies such as Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, and Kuwait Finance House.

Under the terms of the deal, CentralNic will increase the number of new Top-Level Domains for which it is the Registry management platform to 65, with TLD clients spread across four continents.

“I am delighted to agree this deal with KSregistry, whose owners are among Europe’s most successful experts in the domain name industry,” said Ben Crawford, CEO at CentralNic. “CentralNic has been providing registry infrastructure services for over 20 years, and our registry platform is known for its performance, scalability and security. We are also the world leader in migrating TLDs onto our platform, having won dozens of new TLD contracts away from other backend providers, whilst never having lost a TLD client.”

“Partnering with CentralNic to deliver registry services makes perfect sense for all parties,” said Alexander Siffrin, CEO at KSregistry. “CentralNic’s registry platform is the most advanced and feature rich in the world. Coupled with KSregistry’s unmatched management and customer service means that we can provide current and future TLD registry clients with very best technology, experience and support at competitive pricing.”

KSregistry contacted its Registry Operator clients prior to signing this collaboration agreement in order to gauge their support for migration to CentralNic’s backend registry. The reaction was overwhelmingly favourable, which is why KSregistry and CentralNic were able to conclude an arrangement quickly, which also gives CentralNic the option of using KSregistry’s SKYWAY data center.

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