Update: New TLD application system shutdown extended

17th April 2012

Melbourne, Australia – 17th April 2012 – ICANN released a new statement today to inform new Top-Level Domain (TLD) applicants that the TLD Application System (TAS) will not reopen tomorrow as initially planned.

Following last week's shutdown of the TAS, ICANN's Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah today confirmed the technical glitch in the system has been fixed, but that the fix is still being tested.

ICANN said it will provide an update on the timing of the reopening later this week:

The TLD application system, or TAS, was taken offline on Thursday, 12 April due to a technical issue.

We believe that we have fixed the glitch, and we are testing it to make sure.

ICANN is committed to reopening the application system as soon as we can confirm that the problem has been resolved and we have had proper time for testing.

We also want to inform all applicants, before we reopen, whether they have been affected by the glitch. We are still gathering information so we can do that.

Accordingly, the application system will not reopen tomorrow.

We will provide an update on the timing of the reopening no later than Friday, 20 April at 23.59 UTC.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


ARI Registry Services has informed all of our clients of this latest development and is working to address any related enquiries.

-ENDS-

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