New gTLD program posts 49 new Initial Evaluation results: 38 applications get a pass

The next set of Initial Evaluation Results was released by ICANN. The total number of passing applications is now 169. ICANN released Initial Evaluation (IE) results for the next set of applications with priority numbers 150-198. There are 38 applications in this fifth set that received a passing score. This takes the total number of IDN applications receiving a passing score to 169. ICANN will continue to post IE results weekly, ramping up to 100 results per week by June.

Number 48, an IDN application from Olayan Investments Company Establishment is now marked as “Eligible for Extended Evaluation”.

For some applications Initial Evaluation results were not yet available for one or more possible reasons such as: pending change requests, clarifying questions, or follow-up with applicants regarding missing information. The results for these applications will be published as soon as the relevant processes are completed.

Applications numbers still pending:
45, 48 and 49
63, 65, 94, 98, 100 and 104
110, 111, 125, 139 and 146
150, 157, 171, 172, 174, 178, 179, 180, 189 ,190 and 192

To view Initial Evaluation results for applications with priority numbers 1 through 149, go to the Current Application Status page of the new gTLD microsite. Results are posted under the IE Results column. Clicking on the result will take you to the Initial Evaluation report for that application.

There are three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: Pass, Eligible for Extended Evaluation, or Ineligible for Further Review.

  • Pass – The evaluation panels determined that the application is consistent with the requirements in the Applicant Guidebook and can advance to the next phase of the Program.
  • Eligible for Extended Evaluation – The Financial, Technical/Operational, Registry Services, or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not provide sufficient information to award a passing score. The application is eligible for extended evaluation.
  • Ineligible for Further Review – The DNS Stability, String Similarity, Background Screening, and/or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not meet the relevant criteria in the Applicant Guidebook, and the application is ineligible for further review.

As communicated previously, ICANN is releasing Initial Evaluation results in priority order, in increments of 30 per week, with plans to increase to 100 per week. ICANN anticipates having Initial Evaluation results for all applications published by the end of August 2013.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.

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