On the 13th of June, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reported the names of the companies and firms which have applied for the generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names. This is assumed to be the biggest extension in the Internet’s Domain Name System history. The total number of new gTLD applications accounted to 1,930 which were received during the new generic Top-Level Domain program application.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Rod Beckstrom said “We are standing at the cusp of a new era of online innovation,” he added “That means new businesses, new marketing tools, new jobs, and new ways to link communities and share information.” These comments were made by Beckstrom during the execution of a news conference in London and here the names of the organizations which have applied for different domain names were revealed. A note was made by the Senior Vice President Kurt Pritz which said that the applications will become matter for comments from public as well as opposition and will also bring along a evaluation system which is precise, objective and free.
Pritz said “A 60-day comment period begins today, allowing anyone in the world to submit comments on any application, and the evaluation panels will consider them. If anyone objects to an application and believes they have the grounds to do so, they can file a formal objection to the application. And they will have seven months to do that.” Among the total number of 1,930 applications received, 66 applications are geographic names, 116 applications are meant for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), for threads in writings like Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic. In order to view the names of the 1930 Applicants for the gTLDs, click here.
After been broken by the geographic regions of the ICANN, these applications were received from about a number of 60 countries and territories. 911 were received from North America, 675 from Europe, 303 are from Asia-Pacific, 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 17 from Africa too. The applications received from Latin America, Caribbean and Africa are likely to be the first ever gTLDs from these countries and territories. A huge range of Internet stakeholders had undergone international discussion and debate for a time span of seven years which resulted as new gTLD program.
The leading business firms of India applied for 21 gTLDs and are listed below:
.reliance (Reliance Industries Limited)
.ril (Reliance Industries Limited)
.indians (Reliance Industries Limited)
.dabur (Dabur India Limited)
.airtel (Bharti Airtel Limited)
.bharti (Bharti Enterprises (Holding) Private Limited)
.hdfc (Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited)
.hdfcbank (HDFC Bank Limited)
.infosys (Infosys Limited)
.infy (Infosys Limited)
.lupin (Lupin Limited)
.ooo (Infibeam Incorporation Limited)
.ping (DotPing Inc.)
.statebank (State Bank of India)
.sbi (State Bank of India)
.shriram (Shriram Capital Ltd)
.star (Star India Private Limited)
.tata (Tata Sons Limited)
.tatamotors (Tata Motors Ltd)
.tvs (T V Sundram Iyengar & Sons Limited)