The Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses this month on the market represented by the geographic areas covered by the .paris, .alsace, .aquitaine, .corsica and .bzh GeoTLDs. To back the study, Afnic uses the data for the .fr TLD on the catchment areas involved, making a distinction between individual and corporate domain-name holders.
- For individual holders, the average ratio for the whole of the .fr TLD is 16 domain names registered by individuals per 1,000 inhabitants, with disparities according to the regions, namely 12 domain names for Corsica, 13 for Brittany, 16 for Alsace and Aquitaine, and 68 for Paris.
- For corporate holders, the average ratio for the whole of the .fr TLD is 644 domain names registered by corporate holders per 1,000 companies, with disparities according to the regions, namely 291 domain names for Corsica, 492 for Aquitaine, 602 for Brittany, 688 for Alsace and 984 for Paris.
These results show that:
- In the short term, the development potential for the .paris, .alsace, .aquitaine, .corsica and .bzh GeoTLDs lies with companies, which are more mature and have greater demand for their communication purposes on the Internet.
- In the medium and long term, the development potential for the 5 French GeoTLDs lies with individuals.
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.