31 Oct '12, 1pm

ICANN looking for new gTLD testing provider on very tight deadline via @DomainIncite #icann #gtld #newgtlds

ICANN looking for new gTLD testing provider on very tight deadline Kevin Murphy , October 31, 2012, 13:19:53 (UTC), Domain Tech ICANN is seeking one or more pre-delegation testing providers for its new gTLD program on a very ambitious timetable. An RFP issued yesterday calls for a company that can scratch-build a testing suite to put new gTLD applicants through the ringer before they go live, and have it up and running by March 25, 2013. Pre-delegation testing is the last stage of the new gTLD program’s approval process. Some new gTLD applicants have recently called on ICANN to begin testing as soon as possible — before even Initial Evaluation has finished — in order to speed up time to market. The Applicant Guidebook suggests that ICANN itself would be doing the testing, and some applicants had made that assumption, but that’s clearly not the case. The RFP spells out exac...

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