In June, ICANN decided to formally launch the new gTLDs. In so doing, it emphasized that the final version of the Applicant Guidebook (the previous version was issued on 30 May 2011) would incorporate a number of details that would prove useful later. This was done on September 19 when the Corporation onlined a new website dedicated to the new gTLDs. This document and the other useful information published by ICANN confirm the extremely tight timetable, which means applicants must quickly file for the new gTLDs.
The things to remember
- Applicants for the new extensions must submit their applications to ICANN between 12 January and 12 April 2012. A word of warning, however: the deadline for registration in the applications system is 29 March 2012, which only leaves applicants two weeks in which to actually file their applications.
- The extremely tight deadlines mean applicants must quickly select a provider of technical solutions and registry services, such as AFNIC, so that the provider can support the applicants throughout the application process, which begins on 12 January and prepare to manage the gTLDs once they have been obtained. ICANN has published an instructive video on the subject
- ICANN will provide an information helpline. In addition, it already publishes answers to Frequently Asked Questions, which it regularly updates.
- The “Applicant Service Center” will be deployed from the month of November onwards to answer queries from applicants.
- The FAQ is available and contains general information and useful details on the new gTLD programme.
Find out more
- Find out more about the latest version of the Applicants Guidebook
- Find out more about the ICANN website dedicated to the new gTLDs
- To discuss your gTLD projects with the AFNIC teams please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.