.fr is still growing
With a growth of 2.1% in 2016, .fr is still among the most dynamic top level domains in Europe, in terms of volumes of domain names ranking 4th continent-wide*.
The continued growth of .fr: a community success
Crossing the 3 million milestone for .fr is primarily the result of a collective effort by all stakeholders in the French Internet community. Afnic acknowledges the commitment of all its partners, first and foremost the Afnic-accredited registrars, but also all the registrants of .fr domain names, both professionals and individuals. Afnic thanks them for their trust in “Made in France” brand on the Internet.
Simplicity and efficiency to promote the development of .fr
The collegial work carried out by Afnic, based on exchanges with and the experiences of users, has helped simplify the procedure required to register a .fr address. Today, any person or company with a mailing address in France or in the European Union can register a .fr domain name, quickly, simply and affordably.
.fr domain name holders support digital inclusion
3 million .fr domain names are equally as many opportunities to make the Internet accessible to the greatest number, and reduce digital exclusion. As part of that effort, Afnic donates 90% of the profits generated by .fr activities to its self-named Foundation for digital inclusion(www.fondation-afnic.fr), which funds field projects throughout France.
3 million successes online!
“Registering a .fr domain name is one of the keys to a successful online presence for companies and individuals alike. To support the development of their business on the Internet, Afnic has set up the Réussir-en.fr program (www.réussir-en.fr), and intends to continue its efforts to make France a European leader in online presence,” adds Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.
*Source: Centr, December 2016, www.centr.org
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.