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Floodgates flung open for Africa’s new domain

dot africaADDIS ABABA – THE general public can now register .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).During the Sunrise Phase of the .africa launch, registered trademark owners were allowed to apply for the domain names.
“The floodgates have finally been thrown open and .africa domains are now available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis,” announced Lucky Masilela in Addis Ababa during the 29th African Union Summit.
“The long wait to General Availability has now come to an end. Africa’s new home on the Internet is now available for occupation,” said Masilela.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 second launch phase, being Landrush saw brand owners, businesses and the general public registering premium domains under the .africa gTLD.The .africa gTLD enjoys the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and an overwhelming majority of African governments.Masilela said initiatives like .africa helped harness “the power of new technologies to solve old problems.”
“ZACR petitions all Africans in particular and the world at large to take ownership of .africa during General Availability as this new domain truly belongs to us all,” concluded Masilela.
 CAJ News

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