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.fr passes 3 million registrations milestone!

Press release

December 13, 2016 -

.fr has just passed the milestone of 3 million domain names. Simplicity, attractiveness and trust are the main reasons for its success.


.fr is still growing

With a growth of 2.1% in 2016, .fr is still among the most dynamic top level domains in Europe, in terms of volumes of domain names ranking 4th continent-wide*.

The continued growth of .fr: a community success

Crossing the 3 million milestone for .fr is primarily the result of a collective effort by all stakeholders in the French Internet community. Afnic acknowledges the commitment of all its partners, first and foremost the Afnic-accredited registrars, but also all the registrants of .fr domain names, both professionals and individuals. Afnic thanks them for their trust in "Made in France" brand on the Internet.

Simplicity and efficiency to promote the development of .fr

The collegial work carried out by Afnic, based on exchanges with and the experiences of users, has helped simplify the procedure required to register a .fr address. Today, any person or company with a mailing address in France or in the European Union can register a .fr domain name, quickly, simply and affordably.

.fr domain name holders support digital inclusion

3 million .fr domain names are equally as many opportunities to make the Internet accessible to the greatest number, and reduce digital exclusion. As part of that effort, Afnic donates 90% of the profits generated by .fr activities to its self-named Foundation for digital inclusion(www.fondation-afnic.fr), which funds field projects throughout France.

3 million successes online!

"Registering a .fr domain name is one of the keys to a successful online presence for companies and individuals alike. To support the development of their business on the Internet, Afnic has set up the Réussir-en.fr program (www.réussir-en.fr), and intends to continue its efforts to make France a European leader in online presence," adds Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.

 

*Source: Centr, December 2016, www.centr.org

 

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About AFNIC

Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the French State to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain (TLD) it promotes use of .fr by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the historic manager with more than 3 million domain names in .fr to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.