Latest update: Apply for your .africa domain name during General Availability with these Domain Registrars (Open to anyone)

Opportunity for Community Input: Processing of New gTLD Applications

At the Prague ICANN meeting, the new gTLD Program Committee decided to terminate Digital Archery, and instructed ICANN staff to proceed with the initial evaluation of applications as quickly as possible. This evaluation is in progress based on a tentative project plan that foresees the processing of applications in a single batch, and simultaneous release of results. ICANN believes this approach is consistent with the constraints that various parts of the community have in performing their respective roles in the evaluation process, and with the feedback received from the community at the Prague meeting.

DotConnectAfrica — disconnected from reality?

DotConnectAfrica’s campaign for .africa (or .dotafrica, depending who you talk to) is getting increasingly weird. As you may recall, DCA is the Mauritius-based company, headed by the charismatic and telegenic entrepreneur Sophia Bekele, which has been campaigning for a .africa gTLD for the last few years.

It "accidentally" applied for ".dotafrica" - a sign of almost mind-boggling incompetence - instead of the intended ".africa", but remains confident that ICANN will allow it to change its application to correct the error.

gTLD Application Submitted to ICANN by: UniForum SA (NPC) trading as Registry.Africa

An extract from the application to ICANN which we feel will be interesting to those readers who have not viewed the public portions of the new gTLD application.

Obama pays homage to Mandela

United States President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, on Tuesday paid tribute to South Africa’s iconic former president Nelson Mandela ahead of his 94th birthday, hailing his "abiding humility" and "unbreakable will". "On behalf of the people of the United States, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 94th birthday and the fourth annual Nelson Mandela International Day," the US couple said in a statement honouring the anti-apartheid icon.

Zuma thanks Tata for ‘selfless contribution’

"Happy Birthday, Madiba. The whole nation loves you dearly." These were the words of President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as birthday wishes for Nelson Mandela began flowing in from across the political spectrum and around the world.

Africa: The infrastructure that actually drives growth

With more and more cables connecting Africa to the high-speed internet world, the continent offers real prospects for business growth. Africa has made its way centre stage in today's global economy.


Africa’s youngest nation has added its voice to the chorus of support for the bid to ensure the African online community is properly represented in cyberspace. The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) this week became the 39th African country to formally endorse the African Union-endorsed UNIFORUM ZA Central Registry (ZACR) bid to administer the proposed .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

3rd Annual African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) - Join the 2012 Connection

Join us for the 3rd African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Johannesburg, South Africa. AfPIF is the annual conference organized by the Internet Society specifically addressing  interconnection challenges together with the wide ranging opportunities the African continent offers. AfPIF aims to foster national and cross-border interconnection opportunities by providing a forum where key players from infrastructure and service providers, IXPs, regulators and policy makers can engage in a relaxed but business like environment, sharing their experiences and learning from experts in the field.

How mobile puts business at the tip of Africa’s fingers

Across the African continent, internet penetration is low, computers are often too expensive to purchase, and online business transactions can be logistically complicated to execute. But the surge in mobile phone use - there are currently 695 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa - has given Africans a simple and pervasive means of sharing information and conducting business.

The new .Africa — can changes in the internet domains have real development impact?

Who should own .Africa? Should the new online space be run by a commercial entity or NGO? Is it important that it be run by an African group, and if so, why? And what if any is the appropriate role for international organizations like the African Union or others?

The Internet of Tomorrow

In 15 short years we've come from being tethered to the wall by a crushingly slow dial-up connection to being able to access our email on a plane using a tablet. But the Internet of tomorrow has many more surprises in store. And I believe the web is going to change the world, once again.

Africa on the Rise

So here’s another way to think of Africa: an economic dynamo. Is it time to prepare for the African tiger economy? Six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies between 2001 and 2010 were in Africa, according to The Economist. The International Monetary Fund says that between 2011 and 2015, African countries will account for 7 of the top 10 spots.

Namibia and Botswana Celebrate WACS

THE inauguration of the Swakopmund landing station of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) yesterday, has brought Namibia and Botswana closer to each other, as well as to the rest of the world, when it comes to telecommunication.

ICANN Has Opened Up Opportunities for Everyone Including Africa

With the current 17 applications it shows that Africa is ready to take on new domains. Certainly our dotAfrica (.africa) is amongst one of them, to note that our marketing efforts has already paid off which is illustrated by the current pre-registration's in the uniteddomains.com new gTLD's portal; where .Africa registration ranks amongst the top 50 most desired domains, this goes to show just how important this domain is important for Africa having campaigned for over five years.

Expansion of web addresses an opportunity for local businesses

The impending expansion of the global web address regime by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) may initially cause confusion among South African consumers, but can also be seen as a significant brand-building opportunity for many local businesses.

Expert Tips Africa As 'Next Best Thing' in ICT

Managing Director of Compumetrics Solutions, Dr Evans Woherem, has said that the African continent holds the ace in the next phase of digital revolution which calls for better attention by government and other stakeholders.

.africa win would be a win for Africa

The ZA Central Registry, now canvassing support at ICANN 44, says its winning the right to administer .africa would benefit the whole continent. Uniforum, trading as the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) is at ICANN 44 in Prague this week, seeking support for the ZACR bid to administer the new .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD)

DCA, partners to set up DotAfrica registry in Kenya

While UniForum SA prepares to drive the .africa gTLD campaign, Kenya’s DotConnectAfrica is campaigning for the Africa domain. ICANN revealed the applicants for a series of new Top Level Domains. UniForum SA, trading as Registry Africa, said ICANN had confirmed there was only one applicant for the .africa TLD. DotConnectAfrica Trust, has applied for the .dotafrica TLD.

Digital Archery Suspended

Operation of the digital archery portion of the New Generic Top-level Domain Program has been suspended. The primary reason is that applicants have reported that the timestamp system returns unexpected results depending on circumstances. Independent analysis also confirmed the variances, some as a result of network latency, others as a result of how the timestamp system responds under differing circumstances.

Opinion: It's Europe and America's internet. Africans just live in it

According to a Mckinsey report ICT spend in Sub-Saharan Africa is approximately $70 billion and will nearly double by 2015. There is also no doubt Africa is on fire right now when it comes to being at the forefront of innovation in mobile (which is where the future of the web lies) with hubs in Kenya and Nigeria.