The number of new gTLDs – generic Top Level Domains – is growing now significantly. On August 16th, there was as many as 370 domains delegated on the root zone.

The delegation speed is quite smooth and regular, ICANN delegating approximately 40 domains per month.

Once delegated, the new gTLD needs to go through a certain number of steps, such as Sunrise.
The Sunrise enables the registered brands to protect their trademarks by enabling them to register their trademark upfront. A special process was designed, supported by the trademark clearinghouse. 31’866 trademarks were submitted on July 28th. In Sunrise phase, it is quite classic to observe a few hundred trademarks registered.

The “General Availability” means that the domain is available for purchase on the registrars. Some domains are closed ( brands ) or others are restricted, but it is still called General Availability. This is typically the phase where domains will be purchased by public and so called “collision risks” may appear. Lots have already been written about Collision Risk, but the key idea is that there may be interferences between end-users and organizations who have setup their internal network using a newly available gTLD.

On August 5, ICANN has posted a proposal to mitigate the risks linked to name collision on This actually adds a 90 days period in order to allow for potential risks to be identified upfront General Availability. Will that impact the global process significantly ?

Mid August 2014, there are 370 domains delegated and 186 domains in General Availability.

The compared growth of delegated strings and available strings is as follows :

Around end of March – 4 and 1/2 months ago – 135 days – there were already approximately 200 strings delegated. Today we have approximately 200 strings in General Availability.

Looking at the individual lead time per string from Delegation to General Availability shows that the typical lead time is between 80 and 150 days.

90% of domains are in General Availability 150 days after delegation, and less then 10% are delegated in less than 80 days.

Therefore, we believe that the 90 days collision mitigation strategy should not change the pre send observed speed.

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