Only one applicant for .africa
INTERNET| June 13, 2012, 4:44 p.m.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today confirmed that there is only one applicant for the .africa Top Level Domain (TLD), namely UniForum SA, the organization officially endorsed by the African Union.
ICANN today revealed the applicants and generic Top Level Domain names that have been applied for. They include .google; .yahoo; three applications for .fun; seven for .web; six for .tech; six for .online; five for .flowers; four for .eco; three for .sucks; and two for .dot
Billed as “Reveal Day”, 13 June 2012 is the day that UniForum SA, trading as Registry.Africa, is now officially acknowledged as the only Registry Operator bidding for the .africa TLD. If successful UniForum will be allocating names to the public such as “example.africa”.
Another bidder, DotConnectAfrica Trust, has applied for the .dotafrica TLD. This means, should they be successful, they will be allocating names such as "example.dotafrica".
As early as the first quarter of 2013, ICANN will announce whether UniForum SA has been successful in its bid for the continent’s own TLD.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Togo internet uptake lagsTogo’s internet problems must be tackled as urgently as possible, speakers told the national forum for internet governance held in the capital Lomé this week. Read More
Using DiViNetworks, iWayAfrica offers Global Bandwidth as a Service to corporate customers in ZimbabiWayAfrica, a leading ISP in Zimbabwe, and part of the Gondwana Group of ISPs, is first to offer managed, global bandwidth as a service to corporate customers. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent, Ooredoo Algeria deploy first 400G ultra-broadband mobile access network in AfricaAlcatel-Lucent and Ooredoo Algeria, a subsidiary of Ooredoo group, have built a high-capacity optical transport network to connect Algeria’s mains cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran - as well as smaller cities - with high-speed ultra broadband mobile access. Read More
Africa’s first Web Festival ends in AbidjanThe first edition of Africa Web Festival (AWF) that took place on 24-26 November 2014 at l’Espace Latrille Events in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast, ended on a positive note. Read More
Airtel launches 4G in SeychellesAirtel Seychelles has launched one of Africa’s first state-of-the-art FD-LTE networks, to deliver best-in-class wireless broadband experience. Read More
AccessKenya in Kes 300m fibre investmentAccessKenya Group has completed the rollout of its metropolitan fibre network in key target areas around Nairobi and its environs. Read More
Malawi Internet costs drop with submarine connectivityMalawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has said the country’s Internet access is now 50 percent cheaper than it was five years ago. Read More
Congo’s Université Marien Ngouabi launches websiteL’Université Marien Ngouabi, Congo Brazzaville’s oldest tertiary institution, launched its first website this week. Read More
Internet of Things – when problems can be hidden in a billion placesIn the Internet of Things era all things can be connected. But when billions of things are connected, there are also billions of points of contact to sift through to identify faults, says Riverbed. Read More
Internet.org business plan a “race to the bottom” - 2goPartnerships between African operators and Facebook’s Internet.org app that make certain content free to subscribers is a “race to the bottom” which will shrink long-term revenues and hurt local content providers, according to Marc Herson, COO of mobile social network 2go. Read More
FEATURED STORYPWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some
PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.