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African Network Information Center
Founded 22 February 2005
Focus Allocation and registration of IP address space
Area served
Key people
Ernest Byaruhanga, Patrisse Deesse
Regional Internet Registries (containing AFRINIC)

AFRINIC (African Network Information Center) is the regional Internet registry (RIR) for Africa. Its headquarters are in Ebene City, Mauritius. Alan Barrett is the registry's chief executive officer. As of May 2015, AFRINIC had a staff of 45.[1]

Before AFRINIC was formed, IP addresses for Africa were distributed by the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), and the RIPE NCC.[2]

ICANN provisionally recognized AFRINIC on 11 October 2004. The registry became operational on 22 February 2005. ICANN gave it final recognition in April 2005.

AFRINIC has been allocated the IPv4 address blocks,, and and IPv6 blocks 2c00::/12 and 2001:4200::/23. AFRINIC also administers the address space for,[3],[4] and[5][6]

AFRINIC runs the FIRE Africa (Fund for Internet Research and Education) Program which encourages, fosters and facilitates ICT development initiatives within the African region.[7][8]

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  1. ^ AFRINIC Staff List
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Coordinates: 20°14′42″S 57°29′30″E / 20.2450°S 57.4916°E / -20.2450; 57.4916