In the spring of 2010, Afnic published a white paper on the Secondary Market, which analyzed the trends but also the valuation mechanisms for domain names. It concluded with a simple observation that seems just as relevant: “Everyone knows today what domain names cost, but few know what they are worth.”
This new edition therefore focuses on the market forces now present, with hundreds of new gTLDs having been created since 2013..
Have these TLDs weighed on the Secondary Market by offering a wide choice, thus making purchases of tradenames unnecessary? Or on the contrary have they helped strengthen the legacy TLDs by giving them a “safe-haven” status, amid a plethora of competitors still unknown to the public, and therefore inspiring a certain degree of suspicion?
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.