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.
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.
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 126.96.36.199/8, 188.8.131.52/8, 184.108.40.206/8 and 220.127.116.11/8 and IPv6 blocks 2c00::/12 and 2001:4200::/23. AFRINIC also administers the address space for 18.104.22.168/8, 22.214.171.124/8 and 126.96.36.199/16.
AFRINIC runs the FIRE Africa (Fund for Internet Research and Education) Program which encourages, fosters and facilitates ICT development initiatives within the African region.