Afnic gets renewed for .fr | Domain Incite
Incumbent .fr registry Afnic has been reinstated for another five years by the French government.
The company said its contract has been re-upped for a further period starting July 1 next year, following an open call for rival bidders that opened in May.
Between now and then, the precise terms of the deal will be worked out. The government appears to want improved security and accountability at the ccTLD.
Afnic has been running .fr, which has been estimated as a €76 million contract, since 1997.
.fr has about 3.8 million domains under management, making it a the eighth-largest ccTLD by volume.