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Type: Private
Industry: Registry, Registrar
Founded: 2000
Headquarters: Office 107 3013 Lake Drive City West
Dublin 24
Country: Ireland
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
Brian Cute, former VP, Discovery Services

TLDs: 21
Registrations: 172,452

More Info: nTLDStats

Afilias is one of the major gTLD registries in existence today, having launched .info domains in 2001. Afilias has also been the registry operator for the .mobi mobile phone TLD since February, 2010.[2]


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 is often conisdered 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.[3]

Afilias is the second largest domain services provider after VeriSign, supporting over 14 million domain names, as of January 2008.[4]

Products and services

Afilias is a domain service provider and a domain registrar.

Service provider for the following ccTLDs:

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.[5]

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.[6] 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).[7] It has continued to transition to DNSSEC secured TLDs.


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