Detailed data on domain names
AFNIC provides in this section the statistics on the evolution of domain names registered under .fr and under .re.
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Network Information Center
As the name implies, a generic term for an information centre on the Internet. For example, AFNIC is referred to as the "FR NIC" or "NIC France"
An NIC has a variety of assignments:
1. The technical and administrative management of the TLD(s) for which it is responsible. NICs are fully independent in all the decisions regarding the management of their own extension(s). They independently define the conditions for allocating domain names under their extension(s) (naming policy). They are also responsible for the quality of their technical services, and manage the database of domain names under their extension(s) (WHOIS database).
2. Depending on the country, a NIC may only be a registry (a resource manager) or both a registry and registrar, i.e. a resource manager and the seller of this resource in a competitive industry.
3. Finally, a NIC is a centre of information open to all, which provides information and resources useful to the entire Internet community, including beginners as well as experienced users.