Latest update: dotAfrica Launch Plan approved, Sunrise Phase commences on 4 April, 2017


Africa’s Internet economy is set for a revolution following the final delegation of the .Africa Top Level Domain to Registry Africa Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR).


A US court has this week granted the ZA Central Registry's (ZACR's) motion to dismiss all claims against it by DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA). This is in relation to DCA's ongoing attempts to stall the public availability of the .africa (dotAfrica) generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

Judge Halts .Africa Domain; Lengthy Litigation Likely

April 13 — A pan-African Internet domain remains on hold after a federal court April 12 enjoined the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers from finalizing the domain while an unsuccessful competitor's lawsuit proceeds. Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted DotConnectAfrica Trust's request to enjoin ICANN from delegating the .africa top-level domain (similar to .com or .org) to the ZA Central Registry. DotConnect and ZACR were the only two applicants for operating the domain.


There have been several new developments on the .AFRICA front over the past several weeks. We would like to set the record straight for everyone’s benefit:

Virtual Real Estate – Geographic Domain Extensions for Place Marketing

In this guest post Dirk Krischenowski, CEO and founder of dotBERLIN, discusses the growing importance of place-specific, geographic domain extensions and how this trend can benefit city and destination marketing. With an estimated 1 billion websites in late 2015, you can easily get lost in the world wide web. Imagine a domain name that makes you feel at home right away: geographic domain-extensions bring local identity to the web. The new domain extensions .nyc, .london and .berlin are the three biggest of that kind, with 87,169 (.nyc), 70,131 (.london) and 57,142 (.berlin) registered domain names until today.

The Saga Behind The Jostle For dotAfrica - Long March To Africa’s Digital Presence

During the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore, a Registry Agreement (RA) between Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) for the delegation and administration of the .africa (dotAfrica) Top Level Domain (TLD) was concluded.

5 reasons why Africa is fertile ground for blazing ecommerce growth

Do not be surprised if you come across news that says ecommerce is dramatically spreading its wings in Africa. There is no doubt digital commerce is heading Africa’s way. According to a report, by the Hamburg-based business intelligence organisation yStats.com, ecommerce has tremendous growth potential in Africa.

Though a late entrant, Africa is seen by industry giants as one of fastest growing ecommerce markets in the world.

So what is it that’s made the African landscape ripe for ecommerce growth?

Hetzner receives Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award

Based on its recent analysis of the web hosting market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Hetzner with the 2014 South African Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award for excellence in capturing the highest market share within its industry.


Hetzner consolidated its market leadership position with a 19% share in the .co.za domain space on the strength of its mass-market hosting solutions. The company continues to build on this success by expanding its 183,000 .co.za active domains with associated hosting products, such as co-location hosting and root server hosting, to achieve its long-term growth target in the South African market.

To place Hetzner's success in context, its closest competitor only has approximately 52,000 .co.za active domains.


"While competitors diversified into consumer internet products, such as asymmetric digital subscriber line, Hetzner continued growing in the web-hosting market with associated hosting products, attracting higher investments," said Lehlohonolo Mokenela, Information and Communication Technologies Industry Analyst of Frost & Sullivan Africa. "This uncompromising business model led to market consolidation, which poised the company for long-term gains, with a 20% increase in 2014 and a projected year-on-year growth of 25% in 2015."


The business model that keeps the company focused on its core competency not only ensures internal operational efficiency, but also enables it to consistently deliver high-quality service at competitive rates.

Privacy and Security in the Internet Age

Adopted by more than 2.5 billion people in the first 20 years of its existence, the Internet permeates through every aspect of our corporate, personal and government lives. The Internet is easily one of the most democratic and disruptive inventions of the last century; it is the epitome of free speech.

Local internet hosting key to online development - report

Local internet hosting is key to the development of the online ecosystem in emerging countries, according to a report by the Internet Society that used Rwanda as a case study. The report - Promoting Local Content Hosting to Develop the Internet Ecosystem - was produced in partnership with Rwanda's Ministry of Youth and ICT and the Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association (RICTA). It found the development of locally relevant internet content that is attractive to users has a positive impact on internet adoption, with infrastructural challenges becoming less of an issue and efforts to increase adoption rates now focused on the development of such content.