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Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering

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As the leading registry for French Internet addresses, for over 15 years Afnic has built up a unique level of experience in domain name management in France. Afnic is a non-profit association, and the government-appointed Registry for the management of .fr domain names. It also manages the overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte). Those six ccTLDs represent a portfolio of more than 2.8 million domain names and make Afnic the leading French operator of Internet Registry Services.

Afnic carries out its assignments in the public interest by involving all the relevant stakeholders in its decisions (scientists, the public authorities, and representatives of private sector involved in the Internet in France).

Its time-tested processes in DNS management and ability to secure a large portfolio of domain names are now proving their value in other businesses and organizations. Since 2011, Afnic has supported the deployment of 17 new registries for new Internet TLDs, including .paris and .bzh, as well as .sncf, .ovh and .leclerc.

In line with these developments, starting from December 1, 2014, Afnic will be expanding its technical consultancy and expertise offering.

The offering now includes two components: support for the implementation and deployment of new registries on the one hand, and technical expertise in DNS and secure management of domain name portfolios on the other.


Consultancy and Expertise by Afnic


In the first category of services, Afnic teams can support a business, brand or local authority wishing to create their own Internet TLD, throughout all the phases of the implementation of a new registry, from upstream discussions to maintaining the registry after it has been launched. The support can cover either one of those aspects or the project as a whole.


The second category of services is backed by the widely recognized technical knowledge of Afnic engineers. It is designed for registries, ISPs and businesses alike, and helps them implement or improve an operational infrastructure and deploy DNS, DNSSEC (secure DNS) and IPv6 protocols.

“Afnic has over 15 years of experience in the Internet and domain name industry. We are putting that experience to the service of businesses and local authorities in line with our mission, which consists in helping French stakeholders play a leading role on the Internet”, said Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.


About Afnic

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, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic 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 nearly 90 employees.