This month’s issue of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names publishes the key figures for the .fr TLD 2013 as follows:
- With 2,716,027 domain names in the .fr namespace at 31 December 2013, the growth of the .fr TLD in 2013 was 8.2%, against 7.1% for the world market average;
- The .fr TLD continued to gain market share on the French market: 36.5% in 2013, against 36% at year-end 2012;
- 412,145 of the domain names under the .fr TLD are located within Paris, or 15.2% of all the domain names in the .fr namespace;
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.