[At-Large] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Pre-Delegation Testing Provider for New gTLDs - Request for Proposals

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 15:58:38 UTC 2012

 [image: ICANN] <http://www.icann.org/> News Alert

Pre-Delegation Testing Provider for New gTLDs - Request for Proposals

30 October 2012

ICANN is issuing a Request for Proposals
identify one or more providers for the Pre-Delegation testing that is
specified in the gTLD Applicant
The set of tests to be performed are specified at a high level in section
5.2. A detailed set of requirements is included in the Request for
Proposals. The pre-delegation testing system is expected to be ready to
operate by the end of March 2013.

Interested parties can send their responses to the Request for Proposals
via email to <pre-delegation-testing-bid at icann.org<pre-delegation-testing-bid at icann.org?subject=Pre-registration%20for%20bidding%20process>>.
The Pre-Delegation Testing deadline to submit a response to the Request for
Proposals is *20 November 2012*. Questions regarding the RFP should be
submitted via email to
<pre-delegation-testing-bid at icann.org<pre-delegation-testing-bid at icann.org?subject=Pre-registration%20for%20bidding%20process>>
no later than November 7, 2012.

The purpose of the Pre-Delegation Testing is to verify that the applicant
has met its commitment to establish registry operations in accordance with
the technical and operational criteria described in the gTLD Applicant
Guidebook. Each applicant will be required to complete Pre-Delegation
Testing as a prerequisite to delegation into the root zone.

The test elements cover both DNS server infrastructure and registry system
operations (EPP/Whois). In many cases the applicant will perform the test
elements as instructed and provide documentation of the results to ICANN to
demonstrate satisfactory performance. At ICANN's discretion, aspects of the
applicant's self-certification documentation can be audited either on-site
at the services delivery point of the registry or elsewhere as determined

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