.fr grew by 4.4% in 2018 (compared with the 2.1% growth rate of the French domain name market) and had a very good renewal rate of 83.9%.
2018 marked a rebound for business outside.fr with growth in the stock of domain names and a significant increase in the consultancy business. Afnic is a recognized partner for its technical expertise and support as evidenced by the takeover of the management and sales promotion of .museum in partnership with its registry, MuseDoma. In the same spirit, for the first time Afnic became the backend registry of a foreign ccTLD, that of the .sn for Senegal. The new gTLDs opened and managed by Afnic (.paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .ovh, etc.) also saw their growth restart in 2018.
The year was marked by a sustained effort to promote the .fr, in particular through the Réussir-en.fr program. The partnership with Foliweb and Afnic’s presence at trade shows enabled direct outreach to more than 16,500 VSEs / SMEs, providing them with practical advice and tools for developing their online presence. With more than 5,000 responses to the reussiravecleweb.fr questionnaire, Afnic has acquired deeper knowledge of how these companies perceive their presence on the internet.
Afnic was also involved in launching the francenum.gouv.fr platform, becoming one of the first activators and providing content, forming some of the most visited pages of the site.
The Afnic Foundation continued its work in favor of digital inclusion, and has become a mainstay of the French solidarity economy. 47 projects were selected for support by the Foundation in 2018, bringing the total number of projects it supports to 117 in the 3 years since it was launched, representing 2.73 million euros. Inclusion, employment, education, training and citizenship were the leading themes of 2018.
Finally, Afnic was co-organizer of the 13th edition of the World Internet Governance Forum held in Paris from 12 to 14 November 2018. More than 3,000 participants from 143 countries took part in 171 working sessions on topics such as cybersecurity, trust and protection of privacy; development, innovation and economic issues; digital inclusion and accessibility; emerging technologies; changing Internet governance; human rights, gender equality and youth, to name but a few. Afnic co-published with the Internet Society (ISOC) France, the National Council for the Digital Economy (CNNUM) and Renaissance Numérique “Messages from Paris“, a work coordinated by Henri Verdier, future ambassador for the Digital Sector, summarizing all the debates that took place during the forum.
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.