From July, 25th 2006, the AFNIC official website, http://www.afnic.fr, has got an IPv6 address.
The Association pursues its active contribution to IPv6 deployment in which it has been involved since 2000.
Amongst others, the AFNIC has already configured IPv6 adresses for .fr and .re name servers and has permitted the delegation of .fr and .re domain names to IPv6 servers.
IPv6 is the new version of the Internet Protocol (IP) that rules Internet; it is under deployment to succeed IPv4.
The IPv6 protocol allows to increase the number of IP adresses. It is essential for the Internet growth in the future, unless limiting this growth to the first arrived or unless reducing the number of usable applications on the Network.
The AFNIC is aware that some browsers supporting IPv6 but connected to a network that is not fully compatible with this protocol, may experience difficulties to join our website http://www.afnic.fr. If you do encounter such a problem, please
send us a message with the information below:
precise version of your browser,
exact version your operating system,
name of your ISP,
IP addresses of your machine.
You can check your connection to our website: its is displayed at right side of the AFNIC logo (that is present on top left of every page).
If you use IPv4, you can see a static little star with “IPv4”. If you use IPv6, the star twinkles and comes with “IPv6” acronym.
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.