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MELBOURNE IT and AFNIC Seminar on 22 September 2011

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With a view to the forthcoming submission of applications for the new gTLDs to ICANN from 12 January onwards, Melbourne IT and AFNIC are organising a seminar on 22 September entitled “Preparing for the new gTLDs”. Preview:


Following the liberalization of the gTLD name space which began last June, a large number of projects are liable to be filed with ICANN. It is essential for brand owners and majors to rapidly position themselves. The seminar entitled “Preparing for the new gTLDs” co-hosted by Melbourne IT and AFNIC is designed to allow decision-makers to better understand the business opportunities as well as the issues and implications involved.


Held in Paris on 22 September from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the seminar is designed for market players and IP professionals interested in the new gTLDs. It will give them an opportunity to discuss with Melbourne IT and AFNIC experts on the following subjects:

  • the business opportunities of the new gTLDs and possible brand strategies;
  • the process, terms and timing of applications
  • the obligations involved and the means required in order to obtain your own gTLD.



Find out more

To register for the “Preparing for the new gTLDs” seminar, please visit:


Programme du seminaire MELBOURNE IT et AFNIC


About Afnic

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.