JOHANNESBURG – THE launch plan and dates for dotAfrica (.africa) domain have been confirmed.
This follows the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approving the launch for dotAfrica,
The approval by ICANN has triggered a final countdown process starting on April 4.
It will take dotAfrica to general availability on July 4 when the public can apply for .africa domain names.
“This is when the gates to the most desirable African real estate in cyberspace will be thrown open,” said Chief Executive Officer of dotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), Lucky Masilela.
He is also administrator of ZACR (ZA Central Registry).
The confirmation of the dotAfrica launch dates follows the delegation by ICANN of the rights to administer the new pan-African dotAfrica gTLD to ZACR.
The delegation travelled on February 15.
“The delegation of dotAfrica to ZACR has ensured that the online economic journey of the continent will finally be realized,” Masilela said.
The African Union anticipates the dotAfrica to bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella, allowing e-commerce, technology and infrastructure to flourish.
It is hailed “as a truly African initiative established by Africans for Africa and the World.”
– CAJ News