ICANN has delegated the first new gTLDs to the DNS root.
All four of the first batch of internationalized domain names appear to be present right now in root zone file:
- .xn--ngbc5azd (شبكة.) — means “.web” in Arabic. Operated by dotShabaka Registry.
- .xn--unup4y (.游戏) — means “.games” in Chinese. Operated by Donuts.
- .xn--80aswg (.сайт) — means “.site” in several Cyrillic languages. Operated by CORE Association.
- .xn--80asehdb (.онлайн) — means “.online” in several Cyrillic languages. Also operated by CORE Association.
Infuriatingly, and appropriately given the glitches that have plagued the program for the last 18 months, the news seems to have been announced unexpectedly by ICANN VP Christine Willett during a webinar that most listeners had been kicked out of due to a technical problem.
The race is now one to see which of the four will be the first to go live with a resolving web site.