By Tom Jackson
DotAfrica is about to go live, and it has been described as “one of the most important developments to impact the African internet – ever.”
That is the view of Lucky Masilela on the long-awaited arrival of the .africa generic top-level domain, which has gone through its sunrise phase, is now in its landrush phase, and will be available to the general public as of July 4.
Masilela is chief executive officer of the ZA Central Registry, the company charged in 2012 with overseeing the process of giving Africa its own geographic top-level domain for the first time.
“DotAfrica is not simply a generic top-level domain to us. It represents a focal point around which to build an entirely new African web presence,” he said.
This focal point has been a long time coming. DotAfrica was conceived by African heads of state on 2009, with the idea of delegating a domain for organisations and individuals sharing a special and unique affinity for Africa, subsequently set in stone by a directive from African ICT Ministers to the African Union Commission in 2010.
“This directive envisaged the need to set up the structures and modalities to Click here to read entire article