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AFNIC may lose .FR

January 19th, 2009

The government of France is asking for bids to run .FR (in French), the ccTLD of France.

The incumbent, AFNIC, is the odds-on favorite to win, but there have been grumblings for a while from its customers, especially in francophone Africa and the Caribbean. AFNIC recently lost the business of .HT (Haiti) to scrappy CoCCA, the open-source co-operative ccTLD registry. CoCCA seems to be giving AFNIC quite a bit of trouble these days: the mere mention of them caused neck veins to bulge on the AFNIC rep I met at the Paris ICANN meeting.

The winner of the tender offer will get .FR and all of France’s colonial domains in the package. It’s not clear what would happen to the independent French-speaking ccTLDs who have contracted with AFNIC.

The actual text of the rebid is here. (PDF)

A smart French businessman with a taste for dealing with the French government could do a lot worse than making a deal with CoCCA and making this a competitive bid.

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5 Comments

  1. Antony

    It will be interesting how this pans out.

    As I’ve mentioned in the past, it seems as if there is a lot of movement in the area of governance in the cctld world at the moment

    Michele

    Michele | January 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

  2. “The winner of the tender offer will get .FR and all of France’s colonial domains in the package”

    Where did you find it? The text says exactly the opposite, “Les appels à candidatures pour les extensions ultramarines seront lancés ultérieurement” (section 2e)

    Stéphane Bortzmeyer | January 23rd, 2009 at 7:44 am

  3. Hi Stephane - I was referring to Reunion and possibly others that AFNIC has treated as “home territory.” If the other ccTLDs are to be tendered separately, that would be quite a change in policy.

    Antony | January 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

  4. Well, you just have to check the call for tender if you do not believe me. It is clearly stated that it is for “.fr” only, not for all french TLDs.

    Stéphane Bortzmeyer | January 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

  5. You are right. Thank you for the correction.

    Antony | January 23rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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