The result of a process that began as early as 2008 by the French registers for new TLDs that have put their trust in Afnic, delegation may be considered as the official birth of a new TLD on the Internet. This step, carried out by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), is formalized by the declaration of the new top-level domain on the global reference servers, after passing several demanding technical tests. Registered on April 18, 2014, the .frogans and .paris nTLDs are now in the root zone and their activation is the starting point for new promotion and marketing deadlines in the coming months.
For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic:
“I should first of all like to thank our customers for the trust they have placed in us in carrying their innovation projects. These new TLDs will provide users with new possibilities for marketing their products and services and the emergence of new uses, reflecting the relevance of domain names in the construction of a reliable, sustainable online identity.”
For Amaury Grimbert, President of the Board of directors of the OP3FT:
“The OP3FT is delighted to have chosen Afnic’s services for the implementation of the .frogans gTLD. The aim of the .frogans gTLD is to secure the deployment of a new software layer on the Internet: the Frogans layer. This layer represents a new step in the development of the Internet. It will allow the publication of Frogans sites. The Frogans layer will function in parallel with the existing software layers that are the World Wide Web and E-mail. We are pleased to be able to benefit from Afnic’s technical expertise and renowned operational experience on the Internet for the success of this great project conceived in France.”
For Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness:
“Since 2008, Paris City Hall has been developing the .paris TLD project in a constructive and participatory approach with its partners Afnic and CORE. I am very pleased that this new namespace is now a technical reality and will very soon be in use, with the forthcoming activation of the 100 pioneers, and the opening to the public in the coming months. The project will enable a new visibility for Internet users and stakeholders in Paris and the development of new online services.”
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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.