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[.fr and overseas ccTLDs] Tech. spec. - New developments as of 30/06/2015

Tuesday 21 April 2015 13:30:00

Here are the technical specifications for the three major upgrades concerning the "Trade" operation, updates and grace periods, effective as of 30 June 2015. [...]

As annnounced on March 31 2015, three major upgrades of the shared registry system (SRS) for domain names under the .fr and overseas ccTLDs is scheduled for June 30, 2015.

Please find below further details as well as the functional specifications for the three major upgrades:


Functional changes

  1. Upgrade of the “Trade” operation
    In order to improve the operations involved in changing domain names holders, the "Trade" operation will be modified at 2 levels:
    • Addition of the "Auth-info" authorization code in the order.
    • Separation of the "Transfer" and "Trade" operations: it will no longer be possible to combine a "Trade" operation with a "Transfer" operation. If the change in ownership is accompanied by a change of registrar, two separate operations  (a "Trade" and a "Transfer") will be required.
  2. Merger of update operations
    Technical, contextual and administrative updates will become a single update and can be carried out in one order.

  3. Introduction of grace period
    Based on the gTLD model, grace periods will be introduced on the following operations:
    • "Create": 5 days (for up to 50 domain names per month or 10% of the volume of registrations for the month to avoid "domain tasting").
    • "Transfer": 5 days.
    • "Renew": 5 days.

TLDs affected by these upgrades

These technical changes will apply to the following ccTLDs: .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte).

Time schedule

  • The go-live of these new features is scheduled for June 30, 2015.


For further information, do not hesitate to contact your Customer Service Representative.

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Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic's role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.