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Already more than 50,000 domain names for the .ovh gTLD!

October 7, 2014

The .ovh gTLD, whose technical management is entrusted to Afnic, is the new gTLD on offer from OVH, the French hosting company.

In September 2014, the hosting company OVH launched an offer for new domain names under the .ovh gTLD. The new gTLD was designed for use by the IT community but also for the general public.

It is the first new gTLD in France to be opened to the general public in this way.  OVH ultimately seeks to create a community of more than 700,000 users and partners.

From 2 October onwards, to celebrate the launch of the new domain names, OVH launched a promotional campaign for the registration of the first domain names under the .ovh gTLD.  It was a great success with more than 50,000 .ovh domain names registered in 5 days.

Logo du .ovhThat performance places OVH in the top 10 of the first registries for new gTLDs worldwide, in 6th place.

For Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO, "Afnic's mission is to support the French Internet community so that it plays a leading role at the global level. As the technical partner for the .ovh project, I am delighted that Afnic is backing the development of a French leader on the European market."



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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. For 20 years, we have been the registry for the management of Internet addresses under the .fr TLD suffix. We also manage the French overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte). In addition to the more than 3.2 million domain names they represent, we are also the back-end registry for 14 companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD suffix including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. We actively support the digital transformation of small and mid-size businesses in France with our system Réussir en .fr ( and offer a free online presence support package ranging from diagnostic tools to on-site training throughout France. As an association, we federate a community of more than one hundred members with varied profiles but all of whom are stakeholders on the web: registrars, companies, federations, users, institutions, etc. Our role is part of a broader assignment involving the common good, which consists in helping to make the Internet more secure, stable and open to innovation each day, in which the French Internet community plays a leading role. In addition, we pay 90% of the profits from the management of the .fr TLD to our Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity ( which each year finances some thirty projects designed to reduce the digital divide throughout France.