The Industry Report on Domain Names published by Afnic provides the key figures and trends related to the global domain name market. The September 2015 edition focuses on the “Big Six»: .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .mobi.
It shows that the most recent Legacy TLDs suffer much more from the competition of the new TLDs than .com, .net and .org. The resistance factor can also be seen in the ccTLDs of the European Union, whose growth, at month-end August, was 2.5% over a sliding 12-month period (3.8% for the .fr TLD). It therefore seems premature to proclaim today the “end” of the Legacy TLDs.
All the results of this study can be found the October issue of the French Domain Name Industry Report entitled “2015 Trajectories of the Big Six”
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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.