This month’s issue of the Report focuses on the age of domain names under the .fr TLD. Highlights in the latest issue include the following:
- The existence of an age pyramid within the .fr TLD, in which the proportion of “old” names decreases as their age increases.1.8% of domain names in the portfolio as of March 2014 were registered between 1995 and 2000, against 6.4% between 2001 and 2005, 34.7% between 2006 and 2010, and 57% between 2011 and 2014;
- The renewal rate of a domain name correlates with the age of the name. For example:
– Domain names registered less than two years ago are less likely to be renewed than those registered 2-5 years ago;
– The renewal rate is close to 100 % for domain names registered more than 5 years ago.
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.