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Thursday, September 07, 2017

dotAfrica, best option for Africa in cyberspace

The dot Africa (.Africa) has been described as the best option for Africa in the cyber space because of its central to Africa’s bright future online, reports ITRealms.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Central Registry otherwise known as (ZACR), Mr. Lucky Masilela, made this declaration with optimism on the future of .Africa domain names, stressing that these written resolutions stated that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be central to Africa's future well-being and .africa is surely amongst the top African-led ICT initiatives of the last twenty years.

He also said that ZACR, a non-profit company tasked with administering the new .africa domain name on behalf of the continent has the capacity to deliver on its mandate.

ITRealms gathered that 54 African countries are now united under a single, continent-wide domain name, in line with Oliver Tambo and Abuja Declarations of the 1990s, which makes it now possible to own an Internet address, or domain name, ending with .africa.

Before now, Masilela said, there is over 8,000 of the continent’s and world’s biggest brands, businesses and individuals have registered for this exciting new Internet address.

According to him, diverse organisations ranging from banks to media companies are registering .africa domain names.

“Leading continental and international brands are snapping up .africa domain names because they recognise the importance of being associated with Africa’s bright future online. With many positive stories coming out of Africa, brands understand that .africa domain names are valuable virtual real estate,” Masilela said.

Initiatives like .africa, he further said, would help harness the power of new technologies to solve old problems, maintaining that .africa is unique in that it gives Africans an important sense of pride to help motivate them to achieve the very best for their continent and themselves.

ZACR, he said, appeals to all Africans to take ownership of .africa, “because it truly belongs to us all.”

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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