.FR extension is no exception to the trend towards concentration in the domain name sector

On 23 January, Afnic the French domain name registry held its Registrar Day, an event aimed primarily at the registrars. Like every year, it was an opportunity to look back over the past year and look ahead to the current one. The figures drawn up by Afnic for 2023 show an excellent dynamic. Indeed, the .FR extension has passed the 4.1 million domain names, ranking 7th among country-code Top level domains globally and still 3rd among the 27 Top level domains of the European Union. With a ... Read More

Opening of the .TR. extension in CATEGORY 3

In this article published on October 4, 2023, we announced that the opening of the .TR extension in CATEGORY 3 will probably be in February. Applications for the 3rd Category, where transactions will be carried out within the scope of the “a.tr Transition Process”, start on February 14, 2024. In this category, holders of one of the following extensions: kep.tr, av.tr, dr.tr, com.tr, org.tr, net.tr, gen.tr, web.tr, name.tr, info.tr, tv.tr, bbs.tr and tel.tr will be given pri... Read More

.FR: Increased unaided awareness among French VSEs and SMEs

In October 2023, Afnic, the French Association for Cooperative Internet Naming, which manages the .fr domain, carried out a survey on the perception of .fr among 502 tradespersons, retailers or VSE/SME managers selected on the basis of company size. Here are the results of the survey: For 70.9% of French VSEs and SMEs, the .fr extension is spontaneously cited, that’s 6.2 points more than in 2022, ahead of .com (69.1%) and .org (20.5%). 61% of French VSEs and SMEs consider that .fr has ... Read More

ICANN78: Ahoy, the ICANN boat sails for 25 years

From 21 to 26 October, Hamburg in Germany, hosted the 78th ICANN Summit, the Internet’s regulatory body. Hamburg, the connected city par excellence and Germany’s leading intelligent city, succeeds Berlin as the second German city to host such a summit. Berlin hosted ICANN2 in 1999. This 78th edition brought together more than 1,600 participants from 175 countries and territories. It also marked the 25th anniversary of ICANN and the 20th anniversary of the Generic Names Supporting... Read More

[New gTLDs] Google launches .ING and .MEME

Google enriches its catalog as a registry and launches two new extensions: .ING and .MEME. Launch of .ING With .ing, unleash your creativity and put your domain names into action: design.ing, writ.ing, lov.ing, eat.ing… .ING launch schedule Sunrise phase: from 20/09/2023 to 24/10/2023 Phase reserved for holders of trademarks registered in the TMCH. Early Access Period (EAP): from 31/10/2023 to 05/12/2023 Anyone can register available domains in .ing for an extr... Read More

News from Turkey! Liberalization of the .TR

Domain names in Turkey have undergone a major process of change and development in recent years. Last year, we announced the liberalization of domain names under the com.tr, net.tr and org.tr extensions. It’s now a project to open .TR live. The allocation of .TR will be carried out according to a defined schedule with categories under a process called “a.tr Transition Process“: BTK announces the opening according to these 3 categories: CATEGORY 1: since 14/09/2023 ... Read More

ICANN77: Concrete progress and the search for a future leader

Last month, the 77th Summit of ICANN, the Internet’s regulatory body, was held in Washington DC. This second summit of 2023 was once again rich in meetings and exchanges, with 90 sessions held over four days. Here is a look back at the highlights of this event. Successful outcomes While ICANN summits have often left a mixed impression due to the multitude of subjects debated and processes made more cumbersome by the consensual approach sought by the organisation, we can welcom... Read More

.MY : Relaxation of registration rules for .MY domain names

Due to the strict allocation criteria, connecting a .MY domain name for a company not located in Malaysia was difficult. MYNIC, the Malaysian registry, wanted to make significant changes for 2023 in order to globalize its .MY domain names. The registry has therefore decided to remove local presence restrictions on .MY. This change means that anyone can register a .MY domain name on a “first-come, first-served” basis. It means that it’s now possible to register a .MY domain ... Read More

.GA: ANINF takes over the management of Gabon’s national extension

On May 30, 2023, ANINF (the National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies of the Gabonese Republic) announced that it would be taking over the full management of Gabon’s national extension .GA as of June 3, 2023. In a country in rapid expansion, this change in governance, decided by the Gabonese authorities, has been in the making for some time, in order to better support .GA domain names holders. ANINF estimates that there are currently more than 7 million .GA do... Read More

The .COUNTRY registry increases its prices as of September 27, 2023

The .COUNTRY registry will significantly increase the price for new registrations under this extension from September 27, 2023, 16:00:00 UTC. All registrations, transfers and renewals of a .COUNTRY domain name registered after September 27, 2023 will be subject to a price increase of 100 times the current price. This very significant price increase, which has not been explained by the registry, will only apply to domain names registered after this date. Domain names registered before... Read More