This month’s issue of the Afnic Domain Name Industry Report highlights the French market potential for generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). Focusing on the most important gTLDs, i.e. those with more than one million domain names in their portfolio – .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .mobi – the Report reveals that:
- The rate of growth for gTLDs on the French market in 2013 is one and a half times greater than that recorded on the world market for the same gTLDs,
- The rates of growth for the .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz gTLDs, although higher than their performance elsewhere in the world, are generally short-term or one-off, related to specific events or operations;
- the presence of .com on the French market does not preclude the other gTLDs from impacting users often more effectively than in the rest of the world;
- gTLDs targeting specific audiences, such as .mobi, consistently have better results on the French market than elsewhere in the world.
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.