Africa now has its own generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) that represents the African continent. Just like the dotEu (.eu) for Europe, dotAfrica (.africa) will provide a unique online identity that associates products, services or information from the people or continent of Africa.

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), initiated a dotAfrica domain application process in 2012. The application file was deposited by ZA Central Registry, ZACR, a South African non-profit company based in Johannesburg (ZACR is responsible for the dotZA (.za) namespace registry functions).

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The application had the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) as well as some regional governmental agencies and individual African governments.

The usage of dotAfrica commenced on July 4, 2017 for the general public.

According to Lucky Masilela, the CEO of ZACR, dotAfrica “domains are now available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.” It is now possible for those who want a .africa domain to register through registrars listed on DotAfrica’s registry page.

 

Registry Africa is the official administrator of the dotAfrica domain name. All other registrars who want to provide a .africa domain name will have to obtain and ICANN Accreditation.

Click here to view a list of already Accredited Registrars of the .africa domain name.

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