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Africa in One Space

dotAfrica is the new Top Level Domain (TLD) for the African continent: It is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organizations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected to the African community and markets.

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The dotAfrica initiative is fully endorsed by the African Union (AU) and has widespread support across the continent – from African governments, the business sector, civil society and the technical community. dotAfrica is lead by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee with members from across the continent.

With the goal of establishing “Africa in One Space”, dotAfrica will provide secure, world-class technical infrastructure to leverage the continent’s socio-economic capacity and potential. Built on a consensus-driven framework of best practices and open standards, the dotAfrica registry will place special emphasis on securing the rights of intellectual property owners, Internet users and the broader African community.

Africa is a fast-growing, economically active market with over one billion potential users. The dotAfrica TLD will enable governments, business and civil society to build brands, promote development and establish long-term relationships with this market.

As part of its commitment to building Africa’s ICT future, the dotAfrica Foundation is in the process of being established to invest surplus funds in projects with a special focus on establishing and promoting African online products, services and information, whilst also developing Africa’s Internet infrastructure and capacity.

 

Additional benefits of a .Africa TLD

  • Identify with the continent.
  • Showcase your brand and commitment to Africa’s growth and development.
  • Expand your footprint and influence in the region.
  • Establish a home for Africa-specific services, products and information.
  • Acquire valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing high potential market.
  • Secure and protect your Intellectual Property Rights (IP).
  • Participate in Africa’s online renaissance.

 

Be the first to show your support

  • Establish your brand as a pioneer in Africa's new online dawn.
  • Participate in the economic awakening of this vast, multicultural and resource-rich continent.
  • Minimise risk from speculators by gaining the competitive advantage.

 

Support dotAfrica

  • Become an early adopter by expressing your intent to obtain a dotAfrica domain name at (www.africainonespace.org/pioneer ).
  • Endorse the dotAfrica initiative by displaying the dotAfrica support logo on your branded products, services and website.
  • Participate in upcoming webinars on dotAfrica, and contribute your ideas on how the dotAfrica Foundation can help develop the African Internet community.
  • Share your enthusiasm with others in your network, or write an article or blog about how you plan to use your new dotAfrica domain name. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ask your Domain Registrar or ISP about dotAfrica domain registrations. You may wish to participate in Sunrise if you have any rights to the name. Find a dotAfrica Domain Registrar here.

For the latest status updates, please visit dotafrica.org.

The .africa TLD will be launched in two phases, namely:

  • Sunrise and Landrush. For the Sunrise phase, trademark & brand names will be the priority. Landrush applications are usually for premium or sought-after domain names.
  • General Availability: This is the general open registration and continuous operations phase.

If you are a trademark holder ICANN prescribes a process, which we as the Registry Operator need to follow to ensure that genuine trademarks are protected and sold to the valid entity. The trademark holder will need to register their trademarks with the ICANN Trademark Clearing House or the Mark Validation System.

This will depend on individual Registrar pricing, in which launch phase you register the domain and if the domain is a premium name or not.

There are various protection mechanisms and policies, which the Registry Operator needs to adhere to and we are also bound by ICANN to make these policies part of our operations.

The various policies include:

  • Rights Protection Policies
  • Dispute Resolutions
  • Sunrise Policy
  • Landrush Policies, etc

See the Policy menu item above for more information.

Pre-registration .africa domain names will not be possible. Any application submitted during the dotAfrica Sunrise phase must have a corresponding validation token (SMD) in order to obtain the highest possible priority allocation.

If an applicant wants to secure the best possible claim to a domain name application during the launch, it must be associated with a pre-validated trade mark in either the TMCH or MVS. Without this a claim to the corresponding domain name is relegated to lesser priority status. The official way in which you can best secure your rights to a name in the new .africa namespace would be through the pre-validation of a registered mark.

See the MVS at www.markvalidation.com for more information.

For more detailed information on the launch program with the anticipated timelines, click here. If you have any rights to the .africa domain/s name you want, you should apply during Sunrise.

dotAfrica is the new Top Level Domain (TLD) for the African continent: It is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organisations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets.

The dotAfrica initiative is fully endorsed by the African Union (AU) and has widespread support across the continent - from African governments, the business sector, civil society and the technical community. dotAfrica is led by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee from across the continent.

Benefits of a dotAfrica TLD

  • Identify with the continent.
  • Showcase your brand and commitment to Africa's growth and development.
  • Expand your footprint and influence in the region.
  • Establish a home for Africa-specific services, products and information.
  • Acquire valuable online reale-state in a fast-growing high potential market.
  • Secure and protect your Intellectual Proerty Rights (IP).
  • Participate in Africa's online renaissance.