A Wealth of Knowledge from the Persian Gulf: Insights from ICANN 60, Abu Dhabi

CSC® experts have been around the world gathering ICANN insights, most recently in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. In late October, Director of Policy and Industry Affairs Gretchen Olive, along with Head of New gTLD Services Ben Anderson, attended ICANN 60 in the Persian Gulf.

For this upcoming webinar, they will share new information on the latest domain name and brand protection developments, the New gTLD Program and the IANA Functions Stewardship Transition, and other topics of significant interest to brand owners everywhere.

As experts in the industry, Gretchen and Ben will address best practices in effective global domain name, trademark, and brand protection strategies, with a focus on new gTLDs. View the Webinar here. 

.Rugby Announces Launch Plans

World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited announced plans to launch the new gTLD, .rugby.  The launch will start with an end-date Sunrise Phase. This phase is not first come, first served.  Registration policies and requirements have not yet been released by the registry. CSC will communicate launch details as they become available.  If you are interested in learning more about this launch, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.






.uk (top level)


Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
.mt 1-Dec-2017 26-Nov-2020 No NIC (Malta)
.ke 23-Oct-2017 20-Dec-2017 No KeNIC Registry
.health 20-Jul-2017 28-Nov-2017 Yes DotHealth, LLC
.bot (Limited 1) 31-Oct-2017 29-Nov-2017 No Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
.mt 1-Dec-2017 26-Nov-2020 Yes NIC (Malta)
.bot (Limited 2) 5-Dec-2017 30-May-2018 TBD Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
.basketball (Limited 2) 23-Oct-2017 20-Dec-2017 No Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA)
.storage 28-Nov-2017 1-Dec-2017 Yes XYZ Registry
 General Availability
.storage 5-Dec-2017 N/A Yes XYZ Registry
.health 5-Dec-2017 N/A Yes DotHealth, LLC
.ke 22-Dec-2017 N/A Yes KeNIC Registry

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide November 27, 2017