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16 gTLD applicants partner with AFNIC

Press release

June 4, 2012 -

16 French gTLD applicants have selected Afnic registry solutions to run their Top Level Domain


In June 2011, ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – officially approved the new gTLD program, receiving over 2,300 applications during the first quarter 2012.

Afnic is fully committed in this program as a backend registry solution provider. 16 French gTLD applicants have selected Afnic’s registry solutions to run their TLD. With diverse mission and dimension, these projects, led by local public authorities, companies and associations, will contribute to the evolution of the Internet in France.



In a very competitive market, these future gTLD registries picked Afnic’s expertise in registry management, including .fr, and its flexibility technical solutions to meet ICANN requirements.

The Internet community now awaits the official publication of applications. The list of the new gTLD-to-be will be revealed on June 13th 2012.


  • Reveal day on June 13th 2012


  • First evaluation results in late 2012


  • Launch of the first new gTLD early 2013


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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the French State to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain (TLD) it promotes use of .fr by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the historic manager with more than 3 million domain names in .fr to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.