Afilias

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Type: Private
Industry: Domain registrar, domain registry operator, domain service provider
Founded: 2000
Headquarters: Office 107 3013 Lake Drive City West

Dublin 24
Ireland.

Employees: 150 [1]
Website: http://www.afilias.info
Key People
Hal Lubsen, CEO

Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and CTO
Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO

nTLDStats
TLDs: 21
Registrations: 178,153

More Info: nTLDStats

Afilias.info

Afilias is one of the most important internet domain registrars, having launched the .info domains in 2001. Afilias is one of the few registry operators of gTLD (generic Top Level Domains) today. Another important feature of Afilias is that they are also registry operators for the .mobi mobile phone TLD since 11 February 2010 [2]. Afilias is also a service provider for a vast number of local and regional domains.


History

As an admission of the high 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, in November 2000, Afilias was selected by the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to launch the .info gTLD. The succes of the .info domains was huge, being considered the most succesful new gTLD after the launch of the .com.

The headquarters of Afilias is located in the capital city of Ireland, Dublin, as Afilias limited is an Irish company. Still, they also have a large number of offices worldwide, including operational offices in New Delhi, India, an operations center in Toronto,Canada, USA offices in Philadelphia and sales offices in London, UK. Afilias Canada Corp also includes operational facilities in Ontario and sales offices in Vancouver.

Afilias is the second largest domain services provider, supporting over 14 million domain names, as of January 2008.

Products and services

Afilias is a domain service provider and a domain registrar.

Service provider for the following TLD:

  • .vc (Internet country code top level domain for Saint Vincent & Grenadine)
  • .sc (Internet country code top level domain for Seychelles)
  • .org (generic Top Level Domain)
  • .mn (Internet country code top level domain for Mongolia)
  • .me (Internet country code top level domain for Montenegro)
  • .lc (Internet country code top level domain for Saint Lucia)
  • .in (Internet country code top level domain for India)
  • .hn (Internet country code top level domain for Honduras)
  • .gi (Internet country code top level domain for Gibraltar)
  • .bz (Internet country code top level domain for Belize)
  • .ag (Internet country code top level domain for Antigua and Barbuda)
  • .aero (generic Top Level Domain for the Airline and Aviation industry)
  • .asia (sponsored top level domain for people, organizations and companies based in the region of Asia, the Pacific and Australia)

Registry operator for the following TLD

  • .info
  • .mobi

Key people

  • Hal Lubsen, President and CEO [3]
  • Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer [4]
  • Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President [5]
  • Brian Cute, Vice President, Discovery Services [6]
  • Steven Pack, Compliance officer [7]
  • M. Scott Hemphill, Vice President and General Counsel [8]

The president and CEO of Afilias, Hal Lubsen, is one of the most important people in the business. He was co-founder for one of the first ICANN authorized domain name registrars, namely domain name registrar Domain Bank. [9]

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