ICANN's proposed expedited process for the release of non-ASCII character country code domains is about to become reality.
Prior to ICANN's international meeting in Seoul, Korea (Octobre 25-30), the final implementation plan for the IDN ccTLD fast-track has been published. The plan is to allow a limited number of countries to apply for their Internet suffix in their own alphabet, say a .RU in Cyrillic characters instead of the traditional ASCII code.
The fast-track has been in development for several years within the ICANN community and eagerly anticipated by countries such as Russia and China.
Once IDN ccTLDs are launched, Russian Internet users will be able to access websites using only Cyrillic character domain names, as both the name itself and the suffix will be localisable.
ICANN is proposing a November 16 2009 launch date for the fast-track.