The registry agreement between ICANN and the www.bzh association, backed the new .bzh GeoTLD, was signed on Friday February 28, 2014 – marking a new milestone towards the upcoming launch of the new domain names with the Brittany brand.
For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, the registry for the .fr TLD and technical operator of the .bzh namespace, “The .bzh GeoTLD is one of the first of the new French GeoTLDs, so it was normal it should be one of the first to sign the contract with ICANN. We are proud to back the .bzh project with Afnic expertise. The .bzh GeoTLD means new business opportunities for the Internet community and better outlooks for Brittany fans.”
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.