Afnic has detected an acceleration of registrations during the half-hour (11:30 am to 11:59 am) before the beginning of the phase when concerned domain names are invoiced 100 euros excluding VAT each.
Following an investigation with the registrars that made those registrations, Afnic has noticed that 311 domain names were created at 5 000 euros excluding VAT each before the opening ot the phase at 100 euros excluding VAT each. The contacted registrars have indicated that a technical mistake has been made on their side.
As these registrations represent a hindrance to the equitable access by all to these domain names, the domains will be made available on Wednesday 11 March at 3 pm (Paris Time). The list of concerned domains will be published on the Afnic website before 7 pm today Tuesday 10 March 2015.
In addition, as this incident has disrupted the continuity of the 1 & 2 character(s) opening program, Afnic has decided to penalize the concerned registrars by suspending, starting today, their registration contract until Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 4 pm (Paris time), therefore excluding them from participating in the last phase of the 1 & 2 caracter(s) opening.