Around 2300 Applications For gTLDs Expected

ICANN New gTLDS Apply Now logoThere were 2091 applications – either submitted or in progress – for new generic Top Level Domains when ICANN took the TLD Application System (TAS) offline on 12 April due to the security glitch, ICANN have announced in the latest update by Akram Atallah, the organisation’s COO.

In addition, there are 214 potential applications that were registered prior to the 29 March cut-off date, but whose payments have not yet been received or reconciled.

This means there are likely to be around 2300 applications for TLDs when ICANN eventually closes the application period, a figure much higher than most people were predicting. It was widely predicted there would be around 1500 applications before ICANN began accepting applications.

In addition, ICANN has received approximately US$350 million in fees for applications for new gTLDs.

ICANN also confirmed in the latest update they are in the process of notifying applicants whether they were affected by the software glitch, and plan to complete this process on or before Tuesday, 8 May. Shortly after that process is complete, they will announce the schedule for reopening TAS and completing the application period. Once the system is reopened, it will keep it open for at least five business days.