The .africa domain name is now available to the public. Any person or party can go ahead and register the .africa domain name on a first come – first serve basis. Companies such as Coca-Cola and Apple have already registered the www.coke.africa and www.apple.africa domain names.
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) is the body which administers .africa domain name registrations and has provided a ‘Sunrise Phase’, wherein, registered trademark owners were exclusively allowed to apply for .africa domain names for a certain period of time, to the exclusion of the public. The Sunrise Phase has ended and the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) confirmed 981 .africa domain name registrations by registered trademark owners.
Chief Executive Officer of the ZACR, Lucky Masilela, states that ‘’the new .africa domain name enables the public an acquisition of a valuable online real-estate in a fast growing and high-potential market. Individuals and organisations can showcase their company and/or brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services’’.
Moore Attorneys has registered numerous .africa domain names on behalf of its clients and should you wish to protect this valuable domain name, please feel free to contact us.