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 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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.