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
Econet launches digital learning platformEconet Wireless Zimbabwe has launched a digital learning platform called Ruzivo, a revolutionary online interactive digital learning platform targeted at both primary and secondary students. Read More
16m Nigerians use Facebook monthlyFacebook reports that 16 million people in Nigeria now visit Facebook every month - all of them on mobile. Read More
Busy 4G LTE ready to get Ghana busyCustomers experience on 4G LTE will never be the same following the successful launch of Busy Internet 4G services in Accra. Read More
A4AI predicts smartphone affordability to drive demand for cheaper dataThe Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has predicted that the availability of lower cost smartphones in developing countries is expected to put pressure on network service providers to reduce cost on data to ensure that competition works for users. Read More
Microsoft Philanthropies commits $1bn in cloud computing resources for the public goodMicrosoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has announced a new three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft’s cloud computing resources serve the public good. Read More
SEACOM, Ciena drive web-scale services across AfricaLocal Internet Service Providers are set to benefit from increased reach and enhanced capacity thanks to a partnership between SEACOM and network provider Ciena. Read More
Busy Internet to roll out 4G LTE services in GhanaBusy Internet will be rolling out its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Ghana soon. Read More
SEACOM extends support for innovation and incubation hubs in East AfricaSEACOM has extended its support of Uganda’s technology incubation hubs by providing high speed internet (20mbps) connectivity to Hive Colab and Outbox. Read More
Sea change for ICANN by SeptemberThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is set to change shape later this year, says Dr. Jeff Ramsay, Botswana’s Chief government spokesperson. Read More
FEATURED STORYViber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats
Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner
Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.
COMPANY NEWSArbor Networks maintains leadership in IHS Infonetics Report on DDoS prevention appliances
Arbor Networks was identified once again as the top supplier of DDoS mitigation appliances overall, as well as in the Carrier, Enterprise and Mobile market segments, according ...