PRESS RELEASE
Monday, 19 June 2017

Great interest in dotAfrica (.africa) by trademark owners has seen the geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) score within the top ten globally for the largest number of domain name reservations during the Sunrise Phase of the new gTLD’s launch process.

In total, .africa recorded an impressive 981 registrations by trademark owners over the 60 days from 04 April 2017, placing it firmly within the top 10.

“The long journey to delegate the rights to administer .africa to the ZACR clearly created a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for Africa’s new home on the web,” said Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO. He added: “All good things come to those who wait, Africans have certainly waited, and it’s been worth the wait.” The ZACR-administered gTLD enjoys the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and an overwhelming majority of African governments.

Like other Registry Operators, ZACR monitored and measured the number of intellectual property owners that submitted marks through the global Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) and ZACR’s own Mark Validation System (MVS) to ensure protection of priority rights as far as is reasonably possible before .africa is launched to the general public on 04 July 2017.

The .africa Sunrise Period prioritised the securing of valuable brand names in the form of registered trademarks. During Sunrise, brand owners across Africa were encouraged to apply for .africa domain names matching their registered or validated intellectual property.

Masilela thanked ZACR’s accredited registrars for their steadfast commitment to .africa. “Their support has been invaluable in providing trademark holders with the opportunity to secure relevant domain names that are associated with their marks,” Masilela said.

The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market. It also enables individuals and organisations to showcase their brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services.

The .africa domain is now at the tail end of the second Landrush Phase, meaning .africa registrations are now open to everyone around the world, without any restriction.

For more information on the launch phases, please visit http://www.registry.africa.

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About .Africa

dotAfrica (.africa) is the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) for the African continent. It is an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate your products, services and/or information with the continent and people of Africa.
The Registry Operator for .africa is the ZA Central Registry Not-for-Profit (ZACR – NPC) trading as Registry Africa.

.africa is endorsed and supported by the African Union Commission (AUC), individual African governments, regional governmental agencies and organisations and enjoys widespread support from the African community.

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

Visit nic.africa for further details, or follow the conversation online using the hashtag #dotAfrica.

For press enquiries, please email Kate Els at media@wwc.co.za.