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Type: Private
Industry: Registry, Registrar
Founded: 2000
Headquarters: 2 La Touche House
Dublin 1
Country: Ireland
Businesses: mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd.,
Employees: 150 [1]
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@Afilias
Key People
Hal Lubsen, CEO

Ram Mohan, EVP and CTO
Roland LaPlante, SVP and CMO
Steven Pack, Compliance officer
M. Scott Hemphill, VP and General Counsel
Chris Campbell, Director of Business Development
Kroopa Shah, Accounts Manager

Afilias is one of the major gTLD registries in existence today, and it launched the .info gTLD in 2001. Afilias has also owned the registry operator for the .mobi mobile phone TLD, mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd., since February, 2010. It had helped found the dotMobi company and provided early technical assistance to the company.[2] In January, 2012, Afilias acquired Registry Services Corporation, which until that time had been the registry for the .pro TLD.

Afilias also supports the technical back-end of 17 TLDs, including 7 gTLDs, the largest of which being .org.[3][4]


As an acknowledgement of the need for more competition at the registry level of the domain name industry, a number of important domain name registrars created Afilias in September, 2000. Just two months later, Afilias was selected by ICANN to launch the .info gTLD, which has been called the most successful new gTLD after the launch of .com.

The headquarters of Afilias is located in Dublin. They have a large number of offices worldwide, including operational offices in New Delhi, India, an operations center in Toronto, Canada, American offices in Philadelphia, and sales offices in London, U.K. Afilias Canada Corp also includes operational facilities in Ontario and sales offices in Vancouver.[5]

Afilias is the second largest domain services provider after Verisign, supporting over 14 million domain names, as of January 2008.[6]

Afilias was the first registry to provide IDN capable email to its customers. All of its servers are DNSSEC and IPv6 capable.[7]

.info 10 year Anniversary

On December 7th, 2010, Afilias released its annual report on .info domains, which happened to coincide with the domain space's 10 year anniversary. The report detailed the general growth and increased availability of the domain; at that time it was the number one new TLD to ever be launched, and the 7th largest TLD in the world. It stood at about 6.8 million domain registrations, with about 5 million of those, or 70%, resolving to active websites. They are available through 90% of domain registrars, and the entire registration grew about 30% from the year before. It had double the registration of any other new TLD.[8]

Products and services

Afilias is a domain service provider and a domain registrar.

Service provider for the following TLDs:[9]

Registration Stats

In January, 20111, Afilias announced that the 3-month old .xxx extension had over 200,000 registrations, which were being technically supported by Afilias. However, more than half of these were not signed into the root zone, meaning that many of the registrations were defensive acquisitions by trademark owners, or pre-blocked domains by ICM Registry that will never be resolving domains.[10]


In October, 2011 Afilias announced that it would be holding a contest to find the best new gTLD idea. The top prize would be $5,000 with other prizes going down to $1,500. Judges of the contest included Kevin Murphy of Domain Incite, former ICANN CEO Paul Twomey, and Aflias' own Roland LaPlante and Ram Mohan.[11]

The winning extension was .know, which was billed as a platform for an online knowledge base. The two runners up were .sec, for secure websites and file transfers, and .med, for verified medical professionals.[12]

In December, 2011, Afilias publicly warned brand owners that it could be ten years after the first new gTLD application period opens in January, 2011, before a second round is opened. Afilias cited the batching and delay process that will surely follow, and also the typically slow ICANN process.[13]

ISOC Sponsorship

Afilias is a sponsor of a component of ISOC's Next Generation Leaders Programme, which is an academic and field-based program, launched in 2010 in conjunction with the DiploFoundation, intended to further the skills of promising Internet professionals and individuals working in Internet governance. Afilias specifically sponsors a fellowship with the IETF, a part of the academic portion of the NGL programme.[14]

Opposition to SOPA

In January, 2012, Afilias put a sponsored post on CircleID highlighting their opposition to SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act being considered by the U.S. Congress, and the reasons behind it. They noted that they do support intellectual property protections, but sill regard SOPA as a threat to the integrity of the Internet. Their reasons for opposing SOPA include: the threat it poses to DNSSEC, given that ISPs would suddenly be required to interrupt the security protocol's chain of command to block or suspend domains in violation of its copyright protections; the ease at which a user could still resolve a blocked site, given that it would be the local ISP's responsibility to block infringing domains; and the many opportunities and loopholes the legislation would create for Internet criminals.[15]

Interesting facts about Afilias

Arabic Internet users get native language e-mail thanks to Afilias and .JO registry

On October 29, 2010, Afilias and the National Information Technology Center of Jordan announced that, thanks to Afilias' IDN technology, the .JO registry managed to send an e-mail between two completely internationalized e-mail addresses in the Arabic language.[16]

Increased DNS security thanks to Afilias

Afilias has managed to implement DNSSEC for many of its ccTLDs and gTLDs. Its .org TLD was secured with DNSSEC in 2009, making it the first open TLD to implement these important security measures.[17] On October 5th, 2010 it initiated the new security measures for .VC (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), .LC (St. Lucia), .HN (Honduras), .BZ (Belize) and .AG (Antigua and Barbuda).[18] It has continued to transition to DNSSEC secured TLDs.

New gTLDs

In November, 2011, Afilias announced that it was going to apply for both simplified and traditional chinese IDNs for the translation of its .info domain under ICANN's new gTLD policy. This followed an announcement by their competitor Verisign that they intended to pursue translations of their own .com domain.[19]


  1. Afilias on LinkedIn
  2. Afilias Limited Acquires .Mobi Domain Registry and Expands Market Leadership
  3. Afilias acquires Services Corporation dot Pro,
  4. Afilias Acquires .Pro Operator RegistryPro,
  5. Afilias Info
  8. Afilias Releases info Domain 2010 Annual Report
  9. Global Registry Services,
  10. Afilias XXX 200k Domains Under Management a Look Inside the Numbers,
  11. Win 5,000 for your new gTLD idea
  12. Here Are the Winners,
  13. Afilias Coud Be 10 years Before Another new TLD Application Round Opens,
  14. Newsletter,]
  15. Afilias Says No To SOPA,
  16. Afilias and .JO Registry Bring Native Language E-mail to Arabic Internet Users
  17. The Whir
  18. Afilias Increases DNS Security with DNSSEC
  19. Afilias to Apply for Chinese .info,

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