AFNIC recently published the French Domain Industry report showing the .fr domain namespace is growing at a very healthy rate. Here are a few of the figures:
- Report shows that the .fr TLD retains a high absolute level of growth, of around 17% over one year or in actual domain registrations, .fr is adding 300,000 domains every year, accounting for 33% of all domains registered in France.
- "France" and "Paris" are the leading character strings forming .fr domain names, followed by terms related to the world of insurance and, logically, to 2011 and 2012. As far as the corporate sector is concerned, 94 of the top 100 companies in France and nearly 80% of the 1,000 largest companies registered their .fr domain name in 2011.
- In 2011, 39.5% of the holders of .fr domain names were individuals, and 60.5% were corporate entities. The renewal rate of the .fr extension is around 80% which is very impressive!!!
- 16% of the registrars of .fr domain names are now located abroad against 14.5% last year.
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