The first four new gTLDs are expected to go live in the next few hours.
That’s according to the registries themselves, and reports out of the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, where ICANN division president Akram Atallah was speaking on a panel earlier today.
The gTLDs are: .сайт (Russian “.site”) and .онлайн (Russian “.online”) from CORE Association, شبكة. (Arabic “.web”) from dotShabaka Registry and .游戏 (Chinese “.games”) from Donuts.
By “go live” I mean of course that the ASCII versions of these strings (for example, .xn--ngbc5azd for شبكة.) will be entered into the DNS root.
It may take a short while for the registries to activate second-level domains (such as nic.) under their new TLDs, and nothing will actually go on sale for weeks.
They’re all of course internationalized domain names, given ICANN’s decision almost a year ago to prioritize IDNs at all stages of the evaluation and delegation process.
All four received their block-lists of “collision risk” second-level domains on Friday and elected to implement the blocks to get to delegation faster.
The three registries signed their contracts on stage at the ICANN meeting in Durban July 15.
This is a pretty big day for ICANN and its community. After many years and countless arguments and delays, new gTLDs are actually about to go live!