EPP successfully introduced
The new registration system based on the EPP protocol (Extensible Provisioning Protocol, a standardised protocol for communication between registries and registrars), was launched on schedule after 12 months in development.
AFNIC’s teams cut over to the new registration system in eight hours.
Migration did not run into any major problems, and one registrar registered the first domain name in EPP just minutes after the system came online.
AFNIC has endeavoured to minimise the impact of the EPP system on those registrars not wishing to use it upon the 30 March launch. The e-mail and web-based registration interfaces have been maintained and updated to incorporate the new administrative and technical procedures.
Two months on from the launch date:
24 registrars are already using EPP. Over 60 other registrars are currently migrating to the new system;
Approximately 38,000 domains have been created via EPP and over 200,000 updates made. AFNIC receives an average of 200,000 queries every day on its EPP production server, with a monthly total of 6 million queries;
EPP now represents 62% of all queries and 40% of new registrations.
As a whole, 87% of operations are now performed using one of the new interfaces provided by AFNIC.
AFNIC would like to express its sincere gratitude to all registrars that lent and continue to lend their support to the development of EPP and the other components in the registration system for .fr and .re domain names. Their involvement played a key role in the success of the new system.
For further information
Details on evolutions on March 30th, 2009.
(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 80 employees.