This month’s AFNIC Domain Name Industry Report focuses on IPv6 deployment and shows that:
- 2012/2013 was a year of slow growth in the deployment of IPv6 in relation to the dynamic expansion recorded for the 2011/2012 period. The percentage of .fr domain names that have at least one DNS server addressed in IPv6 rose from 40.9% in 2011 to 59.6% in 2012, finally reaching 61.3% in 2013.
- Web servers recorded the highest growth (+ 3 points), but with an overall deployment of 7.4% they are still behind mail servers, which are deployed at 10.75%.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.