|Introduced||Not officially introduced; proposed in 2000|
|TLD type||Proposed top-level domain|
|Status||Official proposal submitted to ICANN|
|Intended use||African Union, African and Pan African Constituency|
|Actual use||Not available for use|
|Registration restrictions||None specified yet|
|Structure||Contained in proposal|
.africa is a proposed Internet generic top-level domain (gTLD) for the African and Pan African communities and users wherever they may reside. The .africa TLD would serve as a regional domain for individuals and entities based in Africa.
Following the approval of the new generic top-level domain names program by ICANN, two applications for .africa were submitted to ICANN during the window between 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012, one by UniForum South Africa and the other by DotConnectAfrica.
When ICANN revealed its list of gTLD applicants on June 12, 2012, it became apparent that DotConnectAfrica had applied for the .dotafrica TLD, not .africa. On 2 November 2012, ICANN announced that changes had been effected to some applications. The African Union Commission has endorsed UniForum South Africa as its preferred applicant for .africa "due to its commitment to transparency and its record of accomplishment in reliability, technical ability, financial stability and continental representation." According to ICANN, UniForum is the only recognized applicant for the .africa gTLD.
On April 11, 2013 ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee made a full consensus objection advice to the ICANN Board on the application for .africa.
- ICANN Site for New gTLDs
- Tim Hume (December 5, 2011). "Scramble for 'dot africa' internet domain name". CNN Wire.
- Gareth van Zyl (2012-08-17). "The $185,000 dotafrica internet domain name ‘misunderstanding’?". aptantech. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Reveal Day Acknowledges One .africa Application". allAfrica.com. June 15, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Module 3.1 part I of the applicant guidebook
- "Continent Ready for New Internet Address Regime". allAfrica.com. March 14, 2011.
- "Announcing the Birth of the Dot.africa Generation". allAfrica.com. March 22, 2010.