ICANN is pleased to announce that China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and CORE Association recently signed agreements to act as Emergency Back-End Registry Operators (EBERO) for new gTLDs.
EBERO service providers offer an additional layer of protection to the Domain Name System (DNS). Should anything happen to a gTLD Registry, EBERO providers will step in and administer operations, ensuring that Internet users do not experience a disruption of service. Though new gTLD Registries are vetted for operational capacity, the EBERO program will help maintain a stable, secure and resilient DNS in the unlikely chance of Registry failure.
CNNIC and CORE Association were among the 14 candidates that responded to ICANN's original Request For Information. The selection process was stringent and candidates had to meet a variety of technical requirements, as well as demonstrate experience in operating domain name and registration data directory services. CNNIC and CORE Association have extensive experience related to Registries and Registrars, and scalable systems and services. Additionally, they are geographically diverse and highly resilient.
CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center Center), was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1997. It is responsible for operating and administrating the ".CN" country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) now, and for the last 14 years, and is dedicated to serving the regional and global Internet community. CNNIC demonstrates the essential characteristics of security, stability and high quality services across the Asia-Pacific region.
CORE Association (CORE Internet Council of Registrars) is a Swiss not-for-profit membership association of Internet domain name registrars spanning the globe.
The Association was created in 1997 following a rigorous process of global consensus. CORE develops, operates and promotes resources for domain names, for the use of registrars, registries and domain name holders.