The number of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) delegated into the Internet's Root Zone has now topped 100, announced ICANN's Generic Domains Division.
A gTLD is a domain name extension such as .com, .net or .org. Delegation is one of the final steps before the Registries that control the domains may begin accepting registrations for names that will use the new gTLDs.
The current number of gTLD is "almost five times more than that a few months ago", said Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division. He added that the increase in gTLDs "translates to greater consumer choice" as it enables Internet users to register a domain name that aligns specifically with their vision.
Besides the new delegations, 200 Registry Agreements (RA) have been signed by new gTLD applicants. By signing the agreement, applicants will be able to move onto the final stages of the gTLD programme and prepare for delegation into the Domain Name System.
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