French registrar Gandi will be the beneficiary of Freenom’s ignominious collapse last year, it has emerged.
ICANN records updated today show that Freenom’s gTLD domains will be transferred to Gandi following the termination of Freenom’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement last November.
Freenom, legally OpenTLD, had been ignoring customers transfer and renewal requests, leading to domains being lost, according to ICANN Compliance, which flicked the off switch after three rapid-fire breach notices.
Freenom had just 14,546 gTLD domains under management at the end of September, mostly in .com and .net, down quite a lot from its October 2019 peak of 44,774.
The domains are being moved under ICANN’s De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure, which does not apply to any domains registered in any of the ccTLDs Freenom was managing under its much-abused free-to-register model, notably Tokelau’s .tk.
Freenom has not been accepting new registrations in any of these ccTLDs for over a year. It has reportedly lost its contracts to run .ml, .ga, .cf, .gq and .tk is looking for the exit.