The 42nd ICANN meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 23 to 28 October this year. The schedule for creating new extensions will be a central issue of the discussions. The latest version of the Applicant Guidebook was published on 19 September, and has been backed by an information campaign on the subject. A website for applicants is now online A large number of companies and local authorities have already taken their decision and are actively preparing their applications. The eagerly expected publication by ICANN of additional information will provide the final input for decision-making by the market players who have yet to position themselves. Applicants for the new extensions now have less than 100 days to complete their applications, which must be submitted to ICANN between 12 January and 12 April 2012. To date, no specific new application period has been foreseen by ICANN.
AFNIC will be present at the 42nd ICANN meeting in order to provide applicants with the best possible support, and will reveal the details of its technical offer for the operators of new gTLDs. The meeting will allow applicants for the new gTLD to discuss with a provider of technical solutions and services with a proven track record in providing support, backed by its network of experts in setting up new extensions.
Find out more
- To discuss your gTLD projects with the AFNIC teams, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
- See the schedule for the 42nd ICANN meeting
- Find out more about the latest version of the Applicants Guidebook for the new gTLDs.
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.