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CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012

Kevin Murphy, September 22, 2016, Domain Registries

CIRA, the Canadian ccTLD manager, has become the first new registry back-end provider to enter the gTLD market since the 2012 application round closed.

The company today announced that it has signed Dot Kiwi, operator of .kiwi, as its first client.

.kiwi will become the first non-.ca TLD that CIRA runs the back-end for, according to VP of product development Dave Chiswell.

CIRA has already completed pre-delegation testing and technical evaluation with ICANN, he told DI today.

It is believed to be the first back-end provider not attached to any 2012-round application to go through the PDT process.

That would make CIRA essentially the first company to officially enter the gTLD back-end market since 2012, in other words.

The .kiwi contract was up for grabs due to the fact that Minds + Machines, its original supplier, decided to get out of the back-end business earlier this year.

All of M+M’s own stable of gTLDs are being moved to Nominet right now, but customers such as Dot Kiwi were not obliged to follow.

Chiswell said that CIRA’s system, which is called Fury, has some patent-pending “tagging” technology that cannot be found at rival providers.

He said that registry operator clients get a GUI through which they can manage pricing tiers and promotions based on criteria such as substrings and registration dates without having to fill out a ticket and get CIRA staff involved, which he said is a unique selling point.

CIRA’s goals now are to try to sign up more TLDs (cc’s or g’s) to Fury, and to attempt to get Canadian brands and cities to apply for gTLDs in the next round, whenever that may be.

The company also intends to migrate .ca over to Fury from its legacy infrastructure at some point, he said.

Delegation wait time varies wildly for new gTLDs

Kevin Murphy, February 11, 2014, Domain Registries

New gTLDs get delegated on average 70 days after they sign their ICANN Registry Agreement, but the duration of the wait varies quite a lot by registry, according to DI research.

For the 145 delegated new gTLDs I looked at, the delegation has come 39 to 151 days after contract signing.

After signing an RA, registries have to enter into Pre-Delegation Testing before their strings are handed off to IANA, Verisign and the US Department of Commerce for delegation.

The Applicant Guidebook states that this transition to delegation phase is expected to take approximately two months. On average, ICANN seems to be only slightly missing that target.

The differing wait times could be attributed to any number of reasons. Difficulties during PDT, registry choice, geography and holidays could all see some take longer than others.

Donuts, which is responsible for almost two thirds of the gTLDs I looked at, seems to have refined the process to an art, getting its gTLDs delegated on average 62 days after contract signing.

There are currently 125 gTLDs that have contracts but have not yet been delegated, according to our records.

Here’s the table of delegation wait times, for those interested.

TLDRegistryContractDelegationDays
reviewsRightside2013-09-132014-02-11151
futbolRightside2013-09-202014-02-11144
xn--6frz82gAfilias2013-09-232014-02-06136
kimAfilias2013-09-232014-01-23122
xn--fiq228c5hsTLD Registry2013-09-082014-01-03117
xn--3ds443gTLD Registry2013-09-082014-01-02116
wedAtgron2013-10-012014-01-23114
xn--3bst00mEagle Horizon Limited2013-09-132014-01-03112
xn--6qq986b3xlTycoon Treasure2013-09-132014-01-03112
monashMonash University2013-09-302014-01-18110
pinkAfilias2013-10-012014-01-18109
kiwiDot Kiwi2013-09-202014-01-03105
onlI-REGISTRY2013-09-162013-12-29104
xn--ngbc5azdInternational Domain Registry2013-07-132013-10-23102
xn--80aswgCORE Association2013-07-142013-10-23101
xn--80asehdbCORE Association2013-07-142013-10-23101
xn--unup4yDonuts2013-07-142013-10-23101
nagoyaGMO Registry2013-10-242014-01-2997
xn--fiq64bCITC2013-10-152014-01-1895
luxuryDot Luxury2013-10-172014-01-1893
giftUniregistry2013-10-172014-01-1893
blueAfilias2013-11-072014-02-0590
unoDot Latin2013-09-112013-12-0282
danceRightside2013-10-242014-01-1482
democratRightside2013-10-242014-01-1482
menuWedding TLD22013-09-112013-12-0282
estateDonuts2013-08-272013-11-1479
bikeDonuts2013-08-272013-11-1378
buzzDotStrategy2013-10-022013-12-1978
tokyoGMO Registry2013-11-132014-01-2977
votingValuetainment2013-11-132014-01-2977
shoesDonuts2013-10-022013-12-1776
careersDonuts2013-10-022013-12-1776
tattooUniregistry2013-08-302013-11-1476
coffeeDonuts2013-10-172013-12-2973
redAfilias2013-11-072014-01-1872
xn--q9jyb4cGoogle2013-09-172013-11-2872
buildPlan Bee2013-11-072014-01-1872
club.CLUB Domains2013-11-082014-01-1871
cameraDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
venturesDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
equipmentDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
singlesDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
holdingsDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
lightingDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
guruDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
voyageDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
clothingDonuts2013-08-272013-11-0671
wangZodiac Leo2013-10-242014-01-0371
bargainsDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
boutiqueDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
coolDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
tiendaDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
watchDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
worksDonuts2013-11-142014-01-2370
ruhrregiodot2013-10-022013-12-1170
berlindotBERLIN2013-10-312014-01-0869
marketingDonuts2013-11-072014-01-1468
cardsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
condosDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
foundationDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
maisonDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
partsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
productionsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
villasDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
visionDonuts2013-12-052014-02-1168
modaRightside2013-11-072014-01-1468
socialRightside2013-11-072014-01-1468
wienpunkt.wien2013-10-282014-01-0367
shikshaAfilias2013-11-142014-01-1865
xn--io0a7iCNNIC2013-11-142014-01-1865
xn--55qx5dCNNIC2013-11-142014-01-1865
contractorsDonuts2013-09-102013-11-1465
landDonuts2013-09-102013-11-1465
plumbingDonuts2013-09-102013-11-1465
guitarsUniregistry2013-11-142014-01-1865
linkUniregistry2013-11-142014-01-1865
photoUniregistry2013-11-142014-01-1865
picsUniregistry2013-11-142014-01-1865
sexyUniregistry2013-09-112013-11-1464
emailDonuts2013-10-312014-01-0263
expertDonuts2013-11-212014-01-2363
toolsDonuts2013-11-212014-01-2363
technologyDonuts2013-09-132013-11-1462
graphicsDonuts2013-09-132013-11-1462
galleryDonuts2013-09-132013-11-1462
richI-REGISTRY2013-11-172014-01-1862
domainsDonuts2013-10-172013-12-1761
limoDonuts2013-10-172013-12-1761
photosDonuts2013-10-172013-12-1761
recipesDonuts2013-10-172013-12-1761
viajesDonuts2013-10-172013-12-1761
zoneDonuts2013-11-142014-01-1461
agencyDonuts2013-11-142014-01-1461
cheapDonuts2013-11-142014-01-1461
cateringDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
eventsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
cruisesDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
cleaningDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
exposedDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
flightsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
partnersDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
propertiesDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
rentalsDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
reportDonuts2013-12-052014-02-0461
tipsDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
directoryDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
kitchenDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
todayDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
enterprisesDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
photographyDonuts2013-09-202013-11-1960
codesDonuts2013-10-312013-12-2959
constructionDonuts2013-09-162013-11-1459
diamondsDonuts2013-09-222013-11-1958
supportDonuts2013-10-242013-12-1956
immobilienRightside2013-11-072014-01-0256
immobilienRightside2013-11-072014-01-0256
computerDonuts2013-10-242013-12-1754
cabDonuts2013-10-242013-12-1754
ceoCEOTLD2013-11-072013-12-2952
trainingDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
buildersDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
educationDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
floristDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
farmDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
glassDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
houseDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
holidayDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
internationalDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
instituteDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
solarDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
repairDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
solutionsDonuts2013-11-072013-12-2952
kaufenRightside2013-11-072013-12-2952
ninjaRightside2013-11-072013-12-2952
communityDonuts2013-12-052014-01-2551
datingDonuts2013-12-052014-01-2551
campDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
companyDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
managementDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
systemsDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
academyDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
centerDonuts2013-11-072013-12-1740
xn--zfr164bCONAC2013-11-082013-12-1739
xn--55qw42gCONAC2013-11-082013-12-1739

dotShabaka Diary — Day 2

Kevin Murphy, August 11, 2013, Domain Registries

This is the second in DI’s series following the progress of شبكة. applicant dotShabaka Registry as it prepares to be one of the first new gTLD registries to launch.

The following journal entry was written by dotShabaka general manager Yasmin Omer:

Date: Saturday 10 August 2013

It has been nearly a month since we signed our Registry Agreement with ICANN and we are still confused about TMCH Integration Testing, which is a concern given it’s now seven weeks out from ICANN’s first delegation date.

Whilst we have access to the Sandbox LORDN file test environment, ICANN happened to mention that the ‘OT&E environment’ is available in this week’s webinar. That’s new information.

We still have no idea what the process is for TMCH integration testing or how we access the environment. Are there test cases? What’s the schedule?

The lack of information is a concern as we need to pass TMCH Integration to provide Sunrise notice. Let’s hope it’s not as complicated as PDT.

In other news, we received an email from Wendy Profit (Registry Product Manager) yesterday. It’s the first formal email we have received since signing our contract nearly a month ago.

The email contained a copy of the contract and a spreadsheet for contact details. Not sure if Wendy is indeed our account manager or if we even have one. We have sent an email asking her the same. Clearly we have a few questions for an Account Manager once we get one.

You can read past and future entries in this series here.