Designed for players in the domain name industry – such as registrars, resellers for instance web agencies, intellectual property consultants, and Internet access providers – the survey is an excellent way of understanding the structures set up within these companies and their expectations.
For Afnic, the feedback from the study, which will be posted online on January 20, 2013, will enhance the support that can be provided for these professionals in promoting domain names, and that of the .fr TLD in particular.
The 2013 edition focuses on several European markets such as Austria, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom. The new edition innovates with a study of the French market, with the support of 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, 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.