The benefits of a .africa domain name include showcasing the brand and it’s commitment to the African continent, establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services, expanding the brand’s regional influence and acquiring valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market.
Forge a unique online identity
The aim of having a dotAfrica (.africa) gTLD is to bring the internet business community of the entire African continent together and assist in developing e-commerce, technology and infrastructure. dotAfrica (.africa) gTLD is truly an African initiative established by Africans for Africa and the World.
Instant access to the fastest growing Continent with one Domain
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
Expand local business across Africa. Provides a platform for expansion across the region. Provides a ‘shop window’ on the regional capabilities for global business
Protects African businesses and individuals from potential phishing attacks and unwanted cyber squatting
Optimizes search engine rankings in Africa
Acquire valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing high potential market.
Pricing excludes premium domain names
Frequently Asked Questions
When will .africa become available and How do I register a domain name?
There are a number of registration phases and sub phases. The General Availability period is where the general public will be able to register a domain name through our website. This phase starts on the 4th July 2017. If you have a registered trademark or would like a Premium domain name during the Landrush phase, please contact us on email@example.com
How much will a .africa domain name cost?
What are the protection mechanisms available to me with regards to my .africa domain name?
The Registry (Registry Africa) and Domains.co.za must abide by the policies set out by ICANN (The governing body of all TLD’s) or risk losing accreditation. The various policies include:
- Rights Protection Policies
- Dispute Resolutions
- Sunrise Policy
- Landrush Policies, etc
Can a .africa domain be reserved/pre-registered?
Pre-registration of .africa domain names will not be possible. Any application submitted during the .africa sunrise phase must have a corresponding Validation Token or SMD in order to obtain the highest possible priority.
If an applicant wants to secure the best possible claim to a domain name application during the launch, it must be associated with a pre-validated trade mark in either the TMCH or MVS Systems. This is the official way in which you can best secure your rights to a domain name in the new .africa namespace.
When will .africa be available to use as an option? I would like to start my website using it.
For more detailed information on the launch program with the anticipated timelines, please refer above, Should you have any trademark or branding rights to the .africa (dotAfrica) domain/s name you want, please ensure that you apply during the Sunrise Phase with your validations (refer above).