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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Verisign
Registry: INFIBEAM INCORPORATION LIMITED
Registry Backend: CentralNic
Type: Generic
Category: Commerce
PIC Submitted: Download Here
Priority #: 696 - INFIBEAM INCORPORATION LIMITED
nTLDStats
Registrations: 323,516
Parked Domains: 104,334
Parked Domain %: 32.25 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 16 August 2014
General Availability: 23 October 2014

More Information: NTLDStatsLogo.png

.ooo is a TLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant and now Registry Operator is INFIBEAM INCORPORATION LIMITED[1] The application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 16 August 2014.[2]

GAC Early Warning

The application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[3]

The warning states that the string is visually similar to the Australian emergency response service (000).[4]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"Our goal is nothing less than providing a billion stores for a billion people. With the .ooo gTLD we intend to expand, on a global scale, the valued service we already provide to brick-and-mortar retailers, specifically delivering a dedicated online platform to market their goods and services. Our offering won’t only extend to those currently running physical retail spaces, however, as the .ooo gTLD easily could be used for any entity launching or expanding an e-commerce venture.

Our current platform, BuildaBazaar.com, facilitates online platforms for thousands of Indian retailers large and small, lowering the barriers to entry which had prevented small businessmen from transitioning their companies online. It is not uncommon, however, for some retailers to resist operating under a generic builabazaar.com domain name. Doing so can create a perception among consumers that the retailer is not an autonomous entity. This new gTLD would permit each retailer to have their own personalized website at the address of their choice. This would increase their brand recognition while making the independence of their operation transparent.

While the current system is limited to retailers in India, the adoption of a gTLD would permit retailers across the globe to operate from a trusted and secure online platform. By providing new outlets for brick-and-mortar retailers to sell their goods and services online, those retailers would gain new business and more readily remain in operation, but the real winners would be Internet users. The adoption of the gTLD by global retailers will dramatically increase consumer choice across a limitless range of goods and services, in a safe and trusted environment. Our policies will ensure that the gTLD will be synonymous in an online consumerʹs mind with choice and trust. You can learn more about the steps we will take regarding choice and trust below. Infibeam is well suited to manage this gTLD, because it is a leader in e-commerce - a rapidly growing company based in Ahmedabad, India, serving one of the most populous nations on the globe. Since 2007, Infibeam.com has been a one-stop online outlet for apparel; beauty supplies; books; health goods; jewelry; technology; toys; and many other goods. In 2011 it empowered brick-and-mortar retailers by offering them access to Internet users via the BuildaBazaar.com platform. Retailers operating BuildaBazaar.com websites include apparel stores, bookstores, electronics outlets, jewelry retailers, and other consumer and business needs. The company is well-loved by its customers, with over 900,000 fans on Facebook. Infibeam was named a Top 5 Digital Brand in September 2010 in a survey conducted by the Economic Times.

As the operator of the proposed gTLD, Infibeam.com takes its responsibilities to its registrants and the greater Internet as a whole extremely seriously. As a longtime leader in ecommerce, Infibeam.com understands the critical role trust and security play in online transactions. The new gTLD will succeed due to its reputation as a safe place for Internet users to shop.

Infibeam.com offers tools and processes to ensure safe transactions for its BuildaBazaar.com retailers. Those offerings would be available to new gTLD users. But we would also ensure compliance with the highest standards of consumer trust from our registrants.

Applicants who pass these eligibility tests will then be able to register their applied-for name. Applicants who do not pass the eligibility test will have the opportunity to appeal to the registry, but determination of eligibility rests solely with Infibeam.com."[5]

Contract Signed

On 09 January 2014 INFIBEAM INCORPORATION LIMITED received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .ooo after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[6]

Delegation and Availability

.ooo was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 16 August 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]

References

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