Domain names consisting of one or two alphanumeric characters are going to be available for registration under the .fr TLD.
The opening will take place according to a specific timetable, in several phases:
|From 8 December 2014, 14:00 UTC, 9 December 2014 11:00 UTC+1 to 9 February 2015, 23:59 UTC+1||
Period during which rights holders can apply for the registration of their domain name(s) with 1 & 2 characters.
|From 16 February 2015, 15:00 UTC+1, to 17 March 2015, 14:59 UTC+1||Period during which any interested party can apply for the registration of a domain name with 1 & 2 characters, provided it has not already been registered during the Sunrise phase. During this phase, Afnic will gradually apply price discounts.|
|Opening for the general public||17 March 2015, 15:00 UTC+1||From this date onwards, any person can register domain names with 1 & 2 characters that were not registered during the Sunrise or Landrush phases.|
The first-come, first-served principle applies to all of these phases.
Applicants must comply with the Naming Policy of the .fr TLD and with all the applicable registry policies at the time of the opening.
For the time being, the other Internet Top-Level Domains within the French namespace currently managed by Afnic (.re, .pm, .tf, .yt, and .wf) are not affected by the opening.
For further information:
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, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic 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 nearly 90 employees.