Landrush is open

The .africa Landrush Phase opens on 05 June 2017 and closes on 30 June 2017.

Applicants that do not have prior rights to a domain name can now apply to register a .africa domain that may be considered most valuable. These domains are not allocated on a first come first basis and attract a higher registration fee.

The four (4) Landrush periods will run consecutively for 5 days. Applications will be finalised at the end of each period but contested domain name strings will proceed to auction per the auction policy published below.

Landrush Phase 4 Ends

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Launch Timeline

Why .africa?

ONE DOMAIN

Instant access to the fastest growing Continent with one Domain

AFRICAN IDENTITY

Your Domain is your identity online – an African-friendly online identity provides a memorable web address and can make a difference in a Continent where relationships matter

BASE FOR GROWTH

Expand local business across Africa. Provides a platform for expansion across the region. Provides a ‘shop window’ on the regional capabilities for global business

SECURITY

Protects African businesses and individuals from potential phishing attacks and unwanted cyber squatting

SEO

Optimizes search engine rankings in Africa

ONLINE REAL-ESTATE

Acquire valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing high potential market.

What can I do now?

Rights Protection

If your application for a .africa domain name is based on an existing priority right, such as a trademark, business or company name, then you need to have these rights validated in the Mark Validation System (MVS) or TMCH (Trademark Clearinghouse)

Registrar Onboarding

Domain Registrars must be accredited with the ZACR to be able to register .africa domain names for your clients. The Registrar Application Process involves a legal and technical accreditation process with the ZA Central Registry.

To become an ICANN Accredited Registrar with the ZACR click here. Detailed information about the Accreditation process can be found here.

A symbol that embodies the opportunities of The Bright Continent

.africa is for organisations, businesses and people that embrace the optimism, resilience, ingenuity and dynamism of The Bright Continent. If you or your client has a registered trademark in the Trademark Clearing House, you can participate in Sunrise phase from on April 4, 2017 to 2 June 2017.

Registering and activating a .africa domain is easy. Find out more about how to register a .africa domain. If you’re not a trademark holder, register your email address to be kept up to date, as .africa domains will be available to other organisations, businesses and people starting from July 1, 2017.

Register your email address:

Policies and Procedures

The .africa launch is governed by various policies that are separated from the Published Policies and Procedures that govern the continuous operations of a namespace. These include:
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.AFRICA LAUNCH POLICY

Policy governing how the launch of a namespace will be managed, including timelines, Sunrise Phases, Landrush Phases, possible auctions and eventual delegation of applications.
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SUNRISE DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY

Policy governing the process for dispute resolution of Sunrise Applications with prior rights to domain names.
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AUCTION POLICY

Policy governing the allocation and process for any required auctions during the Launch Phase.
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RIGHTS PROTECTION AND MVS

MVS ensures that the rightful holder of a registered mark has a smooth process for validation and registration of their mark.
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PUBLISHED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

This document describes the Published Policies and Procedures for the operation of the dotAfrica zone.
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REGISTRAR ACCREDITATION AGREEMENT (RRA)

Official Registrar Accreditation Agreement document in downloadable form
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REGISTRANT MANDATORY TERMS

Annexure to the Registry-Registrar Agreement between the Registry and the Registrar and contains the terms that all registrars are obliged to include in their Registrant Agreements with domain name registrants.
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URDP PROVIDERS

Link to the ICANN URS policy documentation
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WHOIS?

Links to DNS whois domain lookup
About .africa

Africa has a unique opportunity to forge a brand new online identity with the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

This opportunity for individuals, governments, companies and other organisations to associate their products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa was made possible by the recent delegation of .africa to the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN).

The .africa application was endorsed by, and continues to enjoy, the valued support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and a comfortable majority of African governments and furthermore enjoys widespread support from such leading African organisations as AfriNIC, AfTLD, ITU, UNECA and Nepad.

The .africa gTLD will bring the continent together as an Internet community under one umbrella allowing e-commerce, technology and infrastructure to flourish. This is a truly African initiative established by Africans for the World.

What is .africa?

Want to know more? This video explains all you need to know about the .africa Top Level Domain.

Introducing .africa

With so many reasons to believe in the brightest continent on Earth, we are introducing the .africa domain to allow Africa to engage with the world and the world to engage with Africa.
Organisations supporting .africa