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500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day

Kevin Murphy, February 5, 2015, 16:38:13 (UTC), Domain Registries

ICANN delegated its 500th new gTLD from the 2012 application round this week.

The honor of the landmark delegation went to .ntt, the dot-brand applied for by Japanese telco NTT, which hit the root two days ago.

Since then, a further six new gTLDs — including .canon, the first announced dot-brand — have been delegated under the program.

In the past 12 months, 374 new gTLDs have been added to the DNS root. That’s obviously more than one a day on average.

Yet ICANN is probably still not even half-way through the program — the maximum number of delegated strings that could be produced is still a little over 1,300.

A large majority of the remaining undelegated strings are dot-brands or otherwise single-registrant spaces. Currently, just 18 brands (under a strict Spec 13 definition) have gone live.

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