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RE (.re)

ccTLD for the Reunion Island, managed by AFNIC. For more information, visit our page dedicated to .re !




Recursive server

One of the three specific roles allocated to a DNS server

The purpose of a recursive DNS server is to recursively explore the hierarchy of the DNS servers when the recursive server fails to find the primary DNS server with authority for the domain name being sought.



The redemption period (also called grace period) is what follows after a request to delete a domain name has been made. It is a safety period during which the domain name is not permanently deleted.


Redemption or grace period

Refers to the lead-time, after receipt by Afnic of a request to delete a domain name, during which the domain name is not yet permanently deleted (30 days for the .fr TLD).

See: Redemption.

Synonym: Redemption period


Redemption period



Entity (association, company, individual, etc.) issuing an application to register a domain name.

To obtain a domain name, a registrant usually applies to a registrar (or ISP) which in turn applies to a registry (database manager), like Afnic.



A registrar is an organisation (ISP, website host, internet service provider, etc.) which registers and hosts domain names as a fee-paying service for the resource managers (referred to as registries) by which the registrar has been accredited.

A registrar is not to be mistaken with a registry

Read the complete list of registrars for .fr, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf and .tf



A registrar is an organisation (ISP, website host, internet service provider, etc.) which registers and hosts domain names as a fee-paying service for the resource managers (referred to as registries) by which the registrar has been accredited.

Not to be confused with: Registry.

View the list of registrars for the .fr, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf, and .tf TLDs



Body (association, company, etc.) in charge of managing the database of domain names for a TLD, or of the IP addresses for a specified region

Examples: AFNIC is the registry for the .fr and .re TLDs; RIPE NCC is the registry for IP addresses in Europe.


Reserved term(s)

Fundamental term(s) whose registration and/or allocation are subject to special conditions related to the identity and to the rights of the applicant.

Examples: technical terms of the Internet, names of French towns, etc..

See also: Fundamental terms and banned terms — Detailed documentation and list of fundamental terms





Request For Comments

Documents written by experts for the Internet technical community. After a long review and qualification process, RFCs are liable to become standards that govern Internet activity.



Radio-Frequency IDentification

Radio-identification standard which uses chips supplied with electricity by induction. These RFID labels or tags contain information that is used by RFID readers (loading docks, warehouses or store shelves, etc.). The labels are one of the components of the Internet of Things.

See also: ONS



European IP networks

RIPE is a collaborative organisation, based on volunteerism. It is open to individuals and organisations interested in the deployment and the operations involved in the IP network covering a pan-European region, including Europe, part of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.



RIPE Network Coordination Centre

RIPE NCC is one of five regional internet centres, or "Regional Internet Registries" (RIR) in the world. It provides the administrative and technical coordination for addressing and routing functions through the network (allocation of IP addresses, AS numbers).




Regional Internet Registries

The Internet addressing and routing resources — consisting of IP addresses and AS numbers — were distributed by the IANA to the RIRs.

There are currently four RIRs: ARIN for the North America and Africa regions, APNIC for the Asia-Pacific regions, LACNIC for the South America - Caribbean regions, RIPE NCC for the extended Europe zone and AFRINIC for the African regions.

The RIRs then allocate those resources to LIRs (Local Internet Registries) that allocate IP addresses to end users.



Starting point of an arborescence.

See also: Root name server


Root server or root name server

The root server is the starting point in the hierarchical tree of domain names. At present, there are 13 root name servers around the world: these servers host the data enabling the DNS and the services that use the system to function correctly: Internet, email, etc.



Action which, within an IP network, consists in establishing the route to be followed by a communication or a data packet by choosing the shortest path among all possible paths. This function is performed by special hardware called a router.



Rich Summary Site

XML description of the contents of a website facilitating the instant replay of content without editing by (syndicated) partner sites. Afnic broadcasts its news, press releases, operational news and calendar via different RSS feeds.

Access the different Afnic RSS feeds.


RSS feed

 See: RSS