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ICANN Publishes Telcordia Report on their Findings and Rankings for .NET

March 29, 2005; 06:37 AM

( - March 29, 2005 - The following is an update on the selection of a successor operator for the .NET registry.

Telcordia has completed a period of extensive evaluation, including site visits by the Telcordia team to each applicant's facilities, the completion of preliminary written reports, and follow-up questions to each applicant. A team of technical experts from Asia, Europe and North America provided technical advice to Telcordia concerning operational aspects of the DNS during this process. ICANN has now received the evaluators' final report and rankings.

Telcordia Report

The Telcordia report contains the results of the evaluation of the responses to the .NET reassignment RFP. The report consists of four sections: an executive summary of the findings, a description of the procedures that were used to evaluate the responses, the findings by RFP section, and the overall evaluation.

The Telcordia report noted the following: "The evaluators find that all the vendors have the capabilities to run the .NET registry". Telcordia concluded that the "distinguishing characteristics are largely difference in experience, risk and price". The final scoring result gave a slight advantage to VeriSign over Sentan, who were in order followed by Afilias, Denic and CORE++. Here are the rankings:

Rankings at a glance, taken from the Telcordia report:

3 Blue

 Afilias LimitedCORE++ DENIC DomainSentanRegistryVeriSign, Inc.
Applicant Ranking (overall) 3 5 4 2 1
High priority criteria 3 Blue
1 Red
4 Blue
1 Yellow
12 Blue 14 Blue  
Medium priority criteria - 1 Blue - 1 Blue -
Pricing rank (medium priority) 1 4 5 2 2
Lower priority criteria - - - - -

1 Throughout the process scores of Red, Yellow, Green or Blue were used. Although specific definitions of the scores were developed for each criteria in the RFP (process described below), the intuitive meaning of these scores is: Red = unacceptable, Yellow = has serious flaws or issues, Green = acceptable, Blue = exceeds requirements. 2 ICANN .net Request for Proposals,

The full Telcordia report is published here:

The Internet community is now invited to review the report. ICANN will promptly enter negotiations with the top-ranked applicant to reach a mutually acceptable registry agreement.

ICANN's proposed form of the registry agreement has been posted on the ICANN website

For additional information concerning the .NET selection process, please see


The Request for Proposals concerning the successor .NET registry operator was posted on 10 December 2004. An open question period for applicants was conducted through 7 January 2005. On 20 January 2005, ICANN announced the receipt of five applications. On 7 February 2005, ICANN announced that Telcordia Technologies, Inc. had been retained to conduct the independent evaluation of the applications.

About Telcordia

For more information about Telcordia please see the following link:


ICANN is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

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