An annual growth rate of 16% for the .fr TLD
With 2.5 million domain names, in September 2012 the .fr TLD had a 34.1% market share in France, an increase of almost 2 points year on year. The publication in November 2012 by the Council of European National Top-level-domain Registries – CentR – confirmed that momentum and ranked the .fr extension among the top 5 most increasing ccTLDs with a growth rate of +16% over the past year.
For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic “That dynamic is due to the efforts undertaken by Afnic for several years to simplify our registration processes and keep as close as possible to the expectations of users such as M Antoine Cagnac in its business plan”
borders-collie.fr, holder of the 2.5 millionth .fr domain name
Located in the town of Censerey (21), Antoine Cagnac, dog breeder (between 40 and 60 puppies each year) has transformed a passion that begun in 1989 into a professional occupation in 2004. Today, he uses his website – borders-collie.fr – to find, in all of Europe, new masters for his baby dogs. His .fr Internet address, registered with the registrar 1&1, allows him to inform his customers of his location. This is not his first shot, as he already registered other .fr and .com domain names in the past.
DomainWire Stat Report: http://centr.org/system/files/share/domainwire_stat_report_2012_2.pdf
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.