South Sudan supports ZACR .africa bid
INTERNET| July 9, 2012, 7:38 p.m.
The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has become 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).
The African Union Commission (AUC) endorsed the UniForum ZACR bid earlier this year and last week reaffirmed its support at the 44th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Prague, Czech Republic. ICANN will announce the successful .africa bidder in the first quarter of 2013.
Writing to the multinational Steercom that is managing the UniForum ZACR .africa bid, the RSS Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Major-General Madut Biar Yel, stressed that the Republic supported the AUC .africa framework and, by extension, the UniForum ZACR .africa bid.
The Honourable Minister also wrote that “as a newly-independent State and member of the African Union, we wish to compliment ICANN for the ongoing dialogue to establish the DotAfrica gTLD.” The letter was copied to the President of the RSS, NEPAD, ICANN and the AUC.
Koffi Fabrice Djossou, Africa Liaison of UniForum ZACR , has formally advised the AUC that the Republic of South Sudan has signed the UniForum ZACR .africa bid letter of support which gives the UniForum ZACR the moral authority to assert that its bid is Africa’s bid.
If successful UniForum, trading as the ZACR, will be allocating names to the public such as “example.africa”.
“The launch of .africa is an important branding opportunity for Africa and also an exercise in African unity. We simply cannot afford to have the responsibility for managing .africa conferred upon any other organisation besides the UniForum ZACR. It is the only bidding organisation on the African continent with the necessary skills and resources required to successfully manage Africa’s presence on the web,” concluded Mr Djossou.
Follow the campaign on Facebook (facebook.com/africandomain) and Twitter (@africandomain) for the latest news and updates.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Ivory Coast to launch digital university in 2015The government of Ivory Coast has announced the creation of a digital university to boost distance education online, which it said was a fundamental resource helping countries such as Ivory Coast to eradicate overcrowding at institutions of higher learning. Read More
Africell DRC: high speed internet in January 2015Mobile operator Africell will launch its high speed internet services (3G) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in January 2015. Read More
BOCRA hosts Public Network Operators’ roadshowThe Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), in collaboration with Internet Corporation for assigned names and Numbers (ICANN), has hosted a two day Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) Roadshow. Read More
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
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.