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Status: Proposed
Registry Provider: AFNIC
Type: Brand TLD
Priority #: 1076 - Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais

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.sncf is a Brand TLD being proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais[1]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

" The .sncf gTLD will create a new generation gTLD serving the interests of end users by providing an authoritative Internet space where information, services and resources of the brand and, potentially, its affiliates and partners that are associated with the brand will be closely controlled by Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF). The majority of the anticipated domain name registrations in the .sncf gTLD will be used in the promotion and communication of the SNCF brand and its rail services. A subset of domain names has the potential to be created and used for communication and marketing purposes, with Internet users assured of brand authenticity.

SNCF, also known as the French National Railway Corporation, was established in 1938. SNCF is France’s national state-owned railway company that offers an extended range of services to ensure door to door mobility for clients including passengers, transport, logistics operators and regional and local Transport Organizing Authorities. SNCF has 5 main areas of expertise: 1. SNCF Infra (rail and related infrastructure): In 2010, SNCF Infra had 15,000 trains running daily across 36 countries. 2. SNCF Proximites (local, urban and regional passenger services): SNCF Proximites transported an average of 10 million passengers per day in 2010. 3. SNCF Voyages (operating long-distance and high-speed passenger rail services): SNCF Voyages and its subsidiaries carried 132 million passengers in 2010 and the www.voyages-sncf.com website is the leading online travel agency in France, with over 10 million visitors per month and an additional 2 million visitors per month accessing Voyages-sncf.com via mobile phones. 4. SNCF Geodis (providing freight and logistic services): SNCF Geodis was operating in 120 countries across 5 continents and was ranked No 1 in France and No 2 in Europe leading European operator in freight transport and logistics and the 7th leading operator worldwide in 2010. 5. Gares & Connexions: Gares & Connexions, which handles train-station management and development, has about 2 billion travellers transit through their stations each year and was operating about 3,000 passenger stations in France in 2010.

SNCF is present in 120 countries, employs over 240,000 people and has generated revenue of €30.5 billion in 2010, €33 billion in 2011. As a world leader in the area of mobility and logistics, continuous innovation and consumer trust are paramount considerations in SNCF’s activities."[2]