A year of opening(s)
For Afnic, 2014 in many ways was a year of opening, in every sense of the term:
- opening of the Internet top-level domains .frogans, .ovh, .paris and .bzh, underlining Afnic’s position as the leading technical registry operator in France;
- opening of the registration of domain names consisting of one or two characters under the .fr TLD;
- opening of discussions to transition the oversight of the domain name root system, and organization at the national level of discussions on Internet Governance;
- opening of new services, such as the launch of Afnic Consulting, which presents a range of analytical services and technical and marketing expertise on domain names.
Afnic’s key figures for 2014 reflect the association’s competitiveness and accountability
- The .fr TLD continued to grow in 2014, with an increase of 5% over the year. That performance is higher than the average for European gTLDs (2.2%) and global growth in the domain name market (4.3%). At year-end 2014, there were 2,853,406 domain names registered under the .fr TLD.
- The fees for operations for .fr decreased by 5% on 1 July 2014. Applying the current dollar / euro exchange rate, the .fr is now 35% cheaper than the .com.
- A total of four new TLDs (.ovh, .paris, .bzh, and .frogans) for which Afnic is the technical registry operator were made fully operational in 2014, meaning that in all, six nTLDs went live (.aquarelle and .alsace were not open to the public at year-end 2014, but were technically operational). The successful launches of top level domains for the City of Paris, OVH and the www.bzh association resulted in an installed base of 72,912 domain names at year-end 2014.
- Afnic continued to be involved in the governance of the Internet in 2014. Afnic staff went to 56 meetings in France and abroad to share their expertise.
- In December 2014, Afnic obtained “Recognized for Excellence” certification at 4 star-level for its quality approach from the European Foundation for Quality Management.
- Also in December 2014, The Board of Directors of the Fondation de France accepted the principle of the creation of a Foundation under its aegis, entitled the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity, 90% of whose resources are funded by profits from the management of the .fr TLD by Afnic.
Download the 2014 Annual Report
- Further information: Previous annual reports.
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.