According to a statement released by ICANN tonight, it appears the TAS system is at a couple of weeks away from being re-opened.
Today was the day that ICANN promised a week ago it would give a date for the re-opening of the TAS system and for the Big Reveal
Here is what ICANN said a week ago about today April 27th:
““”No later than 27 April 2012 we will provide an update on the reopening of the system and the publication of the applied-for new domain names.””
Yet today the only update is that “ICANN will notify all applicants within the next seven business days whether our analysis shows they were affected by the technical glitch in the TLD application system.”
Only after that occurs does it seem that ICANN will announce when the TAS system will re-open for at least 5 days.
There is still no word on when the Big Reveal will take place but this week the group putting on the viewing party to be held in Paris, sent out new invitations for May 22nd.
We have no idea of how the group came up with a date of May 22nd but they may know something we don’t
Lets make a few assumptions and try to figure out when this might all come down
So 7 business days from today is May 8th.
If ICANN is ready to open the system back up by that date, you figure ICANN will give a few days notice before re-opening the TAS system, so lets say Monday the 14th is the day the TAS system may re-open and then close on that Friday May 18th.
ICANN had said they would make the Big Reveal 2 weeks after the application period but we also have the memorial day holiday weekend in the US from May 25- May 28th so we are going to predict the Big Reveal might happen around May 31st.
Certainly ICANN would not want to push the Big Reveal off until June.
Here is tonight statement in full:
“”Statement by Akram Atallah, COO
ICANN will notify all applicants within the next seven business days whether our analysis shows they were affected by the technical glitch in the TLD application system.
In order to make these notifications, we are identifying each applicant file name and user name that might have been viewed, and who might have viewed them. To do that, we are reviewing internal system logs and full packet-level capture of all traffic to and from the application system from 12 January through 12 April.
Our analysis continues to show that a limited number of applicants were affected.
Shortly after the notification process has been completed, we will announce the schedule for reopening the application system and completing the application period. We are mindful of the need to allow sufficient time during the reopening period for applicants to confirm the completeness of their submissions.
We are also continuing to test the fix and enhance system performance in preparation for reopening.
We fully understand the frustration and inconvenience caused by the continuing suspension of the application system and will provide further updates as new information becomes available.””