2010: a year devoted to greater security for AFNIC, with
the signature of the .fr and .re extensions using the DNSSEC protocol, making the DNS even more secure.
This crucial step, which occurred in September 2010, is designed to secure the authentication chain. In particular, DNSSEC prevents attacks by cache poisoning, i.e. attacks which aim to capture and divert queries without users realising it, with the risk that users may disclose personal data in the belief that they are on the legitimate site of the attack victim.
the deployment of “Anycast” technology in January 2010. This addressing and routing technique enables the redirection of data packets to the nearest and most efficient servers. It also enhances the performance and security of DNS architectures.
2010: official designation of AFNIC as the registry for the .fr TLD
On 2 March 2010, Christian Estrosi, the French Minister of Industry, appointed AFNIC as the Registry for the .fr extension, as part of the Decree dated 6 February 2007. AFNIC was appointed further to a call for applications published on 15 January 2009.
2010 French domain name industry report
The General Assembly held on 10 June also provided an opportunity to present AFNIC’s latest annual report
AFNIC 2010 French domain name industry report
archives of the previous annual reports
Facts and figures about AFNIC
– 58 employees
– 2010 turnover: 9 million euros
– 1.9 million .fr domain names at year -end 2010
– 18 % growth in 2010
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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.