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Afnic Publishes its 2013 Annual Report

October 9, 2014

The Afnic annual report sheds new light on major events that have marked the development of the Association in 2013:

The consolidation of the French legal framework for domain names, the growth of the .fr TLD, and a major advancement for Afnic, which became a multi-registry operator in 2013, thus diversifying its business at the service of the French Internet community.

Highlights of this latest report include:

  • In June 2013, Afnic renewed its Board of Directors and welcomed its new Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Sartorius.
  • The State Council ruled on the former legal framework for domain names in France and voided it on the grounds that it had not been notified beforehand to the European Commission. This important decision ends litigation that has been going on for nearly four years. It also confirms that Afnic is entrusted with a public service remit as the Registry for the .fr TLD.
  • As part of the process of creation of new gTLDs, in 2013 Afnic continued to support the initiators of 17 projects, which all passed the initial stage of approval by Icann during the year.
  • Afnic Research & Development continued work on the Internet of Things, with Afnic becoming – along with GS1 – the main contributor to the ONS 2.0 standard. The work carried out by the R&D team was rewarded at the European level by the Centr (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries) in October 2013.

Key figures in 2013

  • A turnover of 13.7 million euros;
  • 2.7 million domain names and an annual growth of 8.2% for the .fr TLD;
  • 6 TLDs managed and 17 nTLD clients.

Download the Report

  • Read the Afnic 2013 annual report (in French only - Translation available soon).

Téléchargez le Rapport d'activité 2013 (PDF)

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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 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.