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Swedish registry wins new gTLD testing contract

Kevin Murphy, December 26, 2012, 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.