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.
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.
Ask your Registrar or ISP about .africa domain registrations. You may wish to participate in Sunrise if you have any rights to the name.
Although the ZACR has signed the Registry Agreement for the operation of the .Africa TLD, the launch is delayed because of an IRP process between ICANN and another applicant for the .Africa TLD.
Read all about the IRP process and the latest updates here.
The .africa TLD will be launched in two phases, namely:
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.
A .africa domain name will cost about $18 per annum.
This annual fee excludes the fees that registrars will charge the end users, and differs from the pricing for Sunrise, Landrush and Premium names. A full pricing schedule will be made available closer to the launch of .africa
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:
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.
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.
This functionality will be made available soon. Government Representatives must register first and domains must be accepted into the RNL to display data here. Please check back soon!