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2015 marked by an upswing in registrant changes of domain names under the .fr TLD

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The Industry Report on Domain Names published by Afnic provides the key figures and trends related to the French domain name market. The November issue focuses on changes in registrants of domain names under the .fr TLD, which can be explained by:

  • updates of whois data
  • transactions exclusively involving domain names (related in this case to the Secondary Market)

A study of the 2015 data shows a significant peak in registrant changes during the second quarter, which may be connected to the opening of domain names with 1 and 2 characters.


Find out all the results of this study in the latest issue of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names in France entitled: “Registrant changes of domain names under the .fr TLD”


To find out more


About Afnic

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.