This month’s issue of the Report focuses on the secondary market for domain names. Based on the figures output by the Sedo platform and on information provided by the Domain Journal, the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names reveals that:
- The median price of all the domain names traded on Sedo in 2012, all extensions included, amounted to EUR 461;
- Two domain names were traded for 7-digit prices, namely “investing.com” (which fetched $2,450,000) and “personalloans.com” (which went for $1,000,000);
- A domain name with the .fr TLD figured among the top 100 most expensive transactions for national extensions, namely “action.fr” which was traded for €20,000.00 in January 2012;
The Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names in France has changed format: it has now become a monthly publication, each issue focusing on a specific trend, event or prominent figure.
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.