AfTLD takes on .africa

INTERNET

|
Image: By AfTLD
AfTLD takes on .africa

The Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) organisation intends to seek a mandate from the African Union (AU) Commission and to apply to ICANN for a mandate to manage the .africa registry.

African Top Level Domains Limited was incorporated as a Mauritius non-profit corporation in 2002. AFTLD acts as a focal point for Africa's Country Code Top Level Domains Managers and Sponsoring Organisations.

AfTLD said it had listened attentively to calls in Africa asking AfTLD to play a leading role in developing, managing and running the .africa top level domain for the region.

AfTLD has responded by first undertaking a detailed assessment of the new gTLD landscape and making a commitment to work with the A Commission, ICANN and others to secure a mandate to run .africa.

With that done, and AfTLD fully convinced of the feasibility of the .africa project, AfTLD has commenced work top seek a mandate to run .africa.

“ We are not just interested in .africa only, but we want to also take on the French version, .afrique.

“ It’ s only natural for us to do this, because at least 50% of Africa speaks French,” said Vika Mpisane, AfTLD’ s Chairman and General Manager of .ZA (South Africa). “ We also intend to have an internationalised version of .africa as well because we have significant Arabic Africa population, but we will start definitely with .africa first” .

AfTLD said it had grown in stature and influence since the mid-2000s, and is now ready to climb another ladder with the .africa project. It has significantly mobilised African ccTLDs and helped improve their registry management capacity. Amongst its achievements are the registry operations and contingency planning training courses AfTLD has offered to the African ccTLDs in association with its sponsors, which include ICANN, NSRC and ISOC.

AfTLD appreciates that .africa must be on the samelevel of operational excellence as any other leading TLD. Because of this, AfTLD has been working with various registry service providers and will soon be announcing a partnership with a leading registry services provider, and AFTLD is confident that it will choose the best model to ensure that .africa succeeds in spite of the new gTLD boom.

“ The interest shown by leading registry providers in AfTLD’ s .africa bid has been humbling. We have been inundated by expressions of keen interest from well known leading players in the market,” notes Eric Akumiah, AfTLD’ s Manager.

AfTLD sees it as being critically important that .africa must benefit the development of the African Internet community.

“ As a regional TLD, .africa must primarily serve the African market and should be run from within Africa. Even though some sacrifices might need to be made at the beginning to ensure that .africa takes off in the best possible way, such as using external expertise to start up the registry, it is good to see the strong conviction within AfTLD to operate the .africa registry in Africa, utilising and further developing African registry management skills. That should happen as sooner than later” said Dr. Paulos Nyirenda, another AfTLD Excom member and head of the Malawi .MW ccTLD.

Dot Africa presents a unique online identity for the whole of Africa and should be seen as being complimentary to African ccTLDs. AfTLD is supportive of the role that the AU is playing through the AU Commission, as this provides important political buy-in, direction and leadership.

“ .africa should not be seen as a competitor to the ccTLDs that have already been established in Africa. .africa could be used to compliment country top level domains like .KE if the right business model is put in place that will benefit Africa ccTLD operations, AfTLD board is cognizant of this fact,” said Joe Kiragu, AfTLD Director for Capacity building and Excom Member.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

SEACOM adds peering points in Europe and Africa

SEACOM has added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it peers.  Read More

Adapting and adopting the new digital workplace

Anton Jacobsz The explosion of smartphones, tablets and Internet of Things (IoT) devices is transforming the way we communicate, consume services, and manage our personal lives.  Read More

Cisco: MEA to have world’s highest IP traffic growth

Mike Weston, Vice President, Cisco Middle East The MEA region will see a 6-fold growth in IP traffic - the highest growth rate in the world (CAGR of 41%) from 2015–2020, says Cisco. Read More

Ericsson launches 5G Plug-Ins to equip today’s networks for 5G

New Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins address diverse 5G use cases from mobile HD video, driverless buses and haptic feedback-enabled drones to fiber-equivalent residential wireless access. Read More

US judge rules DCA claims deficient

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).  Read More

Private sector should push connectivity

Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communication, Tshenolo Mabeo, has urged Africa to look at broadband seriously. Read More

IHS: over 8 Billion connected devices globally

A new IHS report says there are 8 billion connected devices globally, equating to four devices per household. Read More

Content at the speed of your imagination

Mellanox Technologies says evolution in the media and entertainment industry requires a higher resolution and drives the need for networking technologies that can stream more bits per second in real-time. Read More

Brown seeks stronger, better internet for Africa

AfNOG convenor Dr Nii Quaynor, Biztechafrica’s John Churu and ISOC’s Kathy Brown The Internet is everything, the Chief Executive Officer for the international internet body Internet Society (ISOC), Kathy Brown, has told the Africa Internet Summit now underway in Gaborone.  Read More

Addax migrates data to Rack Centre for co-location, redundancy

Addax Petroleum has successfully completed the migration of its business data to Rack Centre’s world class data centre. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.