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Swedish registry wins new gTLD testing contract

Kevin Murphy, December 26, 2012, 08:29:35 (UTC), Domain Registries

The registry operator for Sweden’s .se ccTLD has been picked to provide pre-delegation testing for new gTLDs.
ICANN announced at the weekend that Stiftelsen för Internetinfrastruktur has won the two-year contract, which will see the organization scratch-build a testing suite and have it up and running by March.
ICANN said .se “has proven track of technical capability, operations excellence, and significant experience in the industry”.
The registry has a pretty good record when it comes to cutting-edge domain name technologies — .se was the first TLD to implement DNSSEC, preceding .com by about five years.
All new gTLDs will have to run DNSSEC, the cryptographically signed DNS protocol, from the outset, and testing such services is part of the pre-delegation testing provider’s remit.

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Comments (4)

  1. Drewbert says:

    Does each Registry have to be tested for every newGTLD they’ll be running?
    Take (for example) Verisig. Once they’ve passed their first PDT for application # 16, do they have to do the same for their other 11 applications, or is it ‘taken as read’?
    Likewise, if they’ve willing to sign the standard contract, and have pre-passed the PDT, it seems inefficient to – after they have signed the contract for app #16 – send those Verisign people away from the ICANN office to have them return 11 more times to sign papers they could have signed at the first meeting.

  2. @Drewbert: According to the guidebook and the RFP for the testing, each registry is supposed to be tested individually, even if run by the same backend company.

  3. Drewbert says:

    OK. Thanks Frank.
    Seems to be a bit of a waste of resources.
    Oh well.

  4. Foobar says:

    They also proved that wasn’t a good idea after all.

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