Saint Quentin en Yvelines, April 04th 2008
The AFNIC recently registered the first thirteen domain names under .wf, upon request from the French Government and
Wallis & Futuna local Authorities.
Within the context of broadband now being available in Wallis & Futuna, this move aims at supporting the development of local Internet use.
This first group of domain names gives symbolically birth to .wf, while talks about the marketing of this ccTLD
(country-code Top Level Domain) are about to start.
The AFNIC is also in charge of .pm (Saint-Pierre & Miquelon) and .yt (Mayotte) which registration policy is still
to be discussed upon the local Internet communities and in accordance with the regulatory framework set by
February the 6th, 2007 decree, issued by the French Government.
As a result, the AFNIC joined the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association
About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re
(Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers
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.