Afilias

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Afilias Limited
Type Irish Limited Company
Industry Internet, Domain registry
Founded 2000 in Dublin, Ireland
Key people Hal Lubsen, Ram Mohan, Roland LaPlante, Philipp Grabensee, Ken Stubbs, Jonathan Robinson, Steve Heflin, Scott Hemphill, Steven Pack, John Kane
Website afilias.info

Afilias Limited is the registry operator of the .info, .mobi and .pro top-level domain, and service provider for registry operators of .org, .asia, .aero, and a provider of domain name registry services for countries around the world, including .MN (Mongolia), .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BZ (Belize), .GI (Gibraltar), .IN (India), .ME (Montenegro), .SC (the Seychelles), and .VC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Afilias also provided ancillary support to other domains, including .SG (Singapore) and .HN (Honduras).

History[edit]

Afilias was formed in September 2000 by a group of domain name registrars[1] in recognition of the need for increased competition in the domain name industry at the registry level. Afilias was selected by ICANN in November 2000 to launch .info, the first new generic Top Level Domain supported by Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and based on a "thick" registry model.[2] Afilias CEO Hal Lubsen hired Ram Mohan as the CTO,[3] Roland LaPlante as the CMO[4] and Steven Pack as the Compliance Officer for the company in 2001.

As of January 2013, Afilias supports over 24 million domain names, making it the second largest[citation needed] registry service provider in the world.[5][6]

In February 2010 Afilias acquired mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd., the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .mobi top-level domain (known publicly as dotMobi). While dotMobi continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, Afilias is now the registered Registry Operator for the .mobi domain.[7]

In December 2012, Afilias acquired registryPro, the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .pro top-level domain. While RegistryPro continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, Afilias is now the registered Registry Operator for the .pro domain.[8]

Afilias is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with US offices near Philadelphia, sales offices in London, UK, an operations center in Toronto, Canada, and operational offices in New Delhi, India.

Domains[edit]

Afilias is a DNS registry, and provides DNS service to the domains, listed below.[citation needed]

Registry Operator[edit]

Registry Service Provider[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portal, Presse (October 3, 2000). "World´s Leading Internet Domain Name Registrars Unite to Create Top Level Domain With Global Appeal". Press Relations Presse Portal. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "North America Leads .INFO Distribution". Afilias. 
  3. ^ questia.com (October 29, 2001). "Afilias Appoints Chief Technical Officer to Run First "Thick" Domain Name Registry: .INFO; Former Infonautics executive oversees first global implementation of an XML-based "thick" registry system". The Free Library. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ questia.com (July 9, 2001). "Afilias Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer to Build .INFO Brand Worldwide; Former McGraw Hill Exec. to Spearhead Brand & Marketing Strategy for .INFO". The Free Library. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "ICANN Registries". Dot and Co. 
  6. ^ "Plumbing the Internet with PostgreSQL: An Open Source Case Study". Open Source Business Resource. 
  7. ^ Hamilton, David (February 11, 2010). "Afilias Acquires .Mobi Domain Registry dotMobi". Web Host Industry Review. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ LaPlante, Roland (January 17, 2012). "Afilias Acquires Registry Services Corporation, .PRO". Circle ID. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 

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