The 312 page ICANN gTLD Gudebook v4, was released over the weekend and all I can say if your going to apply for one of these new extensions you best be patient.
Under the guidebook if all goes well the minimum time from close of the application period to acceptance is going to be 8 months, although many things according to the guide book can push it back.
Depending on the application, and such things as whether someone files an objection, could leave the applicant waiting up to 19 months for approval.
The GuideBook makes it clear that “The lifecycle for an complex application could be MUCH LONGER than 19 months”
Under the guidebook the Initial Evaluation is going to take 5 months if there are less than 400 applications.
If there are 400-500 applications, the timeframe is going to get pushed back to as long as 8 months.
If there are more than 500 applications then all bets are off and ICANN will let you know how long to expect.
Now if there is a formal objection filed against an extension application, you’re looking at a delay of 5 1/2 months.
“All applicants should be aware that third parties have the opportunity to file objections to any application”
Now if an applicant fails the initial application for whatever reason, they are entitled in some circumstances to an Extended Evaluation.
That process according to the guidebook will last another 5 months.
If a dispute resolution is required for an application the Guide Book says that’s another 5 months.
Once you have been approved it should take another 2 months to go to into the pre-delegation process.
Oh yeah I almost forgot this one:
“If the pre-delegation testing requirements are not satisfied so that the gTLD can be delegated into the zone root file within the time frame specified in the registry agreement, ICANN can in its sole discretion, elect to terminate the registry agreement.”
I guess this happens sometimes after the 8-19 months but honestly I kind of lost count of the all the 5 month periods at this point.