Latest news: ICANN has revealed the number of new gTLD applications:
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) received a total of 1930 applications, after refunds, for new generic top-level domains.
1846 of those are “standard” applications.
84 are designated as “community-based”.
Of the 1930, 66 have designated themselves as geographic name applications.
116 applications are Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, using non-Latin scripts.
Three applicants seek support through ICANN’s Applicant Support Program.
Applications were received from 60 countries. Using ICANN’s definitions of the world’s regions, which can be viewed on our website:
911 applications came from North America.
675 from Europe.
303 applications are from the Asia-Pacific region.
24 are from Latin America and the Caribbean.
17 from Africa.
Some domain names have been applied for by more than one applicant. There are 230 domain names for which at least two applications were submitted, involving a total of 751 applications."
So if 751 applications are for the same 230 there will be a maximum 1409 new gTLDs!
There may be additional contentions sets based on "visual simularity." So the number of new gTLDs could be even lower.
Follow the reveal of the actual applicants and TLDs applied for live on ICANN.org in three hours. www.icann.org