The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) admitted today that its plans to launch new generic top-level domains (g’TD’s) is running behind schedule.According to ICANN, it is currently investigating a number of technical and economic issues surrounding the introduction of gTLDs. These include determining whether there’s enough space on the Domain Name Servers to handle the potential influx, the cost of registration and the potential market impact.
The gTLDs were intended to launch on 30 September, but the body now says it’s simply aiming for some time within 2009.
According to Icann’s director of product services and, Karla Valente:
“Even though the g’TLDs will not launch on 30 September, as we said in our Cairo meeting, we are still working internally to launch in 2009,” ” However, some overarching issues could delay things.”
“””These issues include the cost of registration, the market impact of the new gTLDs, and the technical impact, for example whether there is enough space on the Domain Name System to accommodate them.”””
“””Icann has now commissioned third parties to study the technical and market impact of new gTLDs, and will hold various public meetings globally from April “in order to address these major issues through a series of discussions”””.
From the original announcement by ICANN of the new gTLD’s, we felt the soonest we would see any of these actually in operation would be 2010, with this announcement, we feel certain.