Nearly 1 000 trademark owners have registered dotAfrica domains
The ZACR has revealed today that registrations by trademark owners of the dotAfrica geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) are among the highest in the world.
Since the launch of the Sunrise Phase on 4th April, 981 domains have been claimed by trademark owners placing it in the top ten of gTLD registrations around the world.
“The long journey to delegate the rights to administer .africa to the ZACR has clearly created a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for Africa’s new home on the web,” explained ZACR chief executive officer Lucky Masilela.
This feat was accomplished together with ZACR’s accredited registrars and systems such as the Trade Mark Clearing House and the ZACR’s Mark Validation System. Together these systems worked to insure that the right domains went to the right trademark owners.
Right now, the ZACR is running a Landrush phase where those that missed out on registrations during the Sunrise phase can apply to register their domains.
There is a catch however, if two entities attempt to register the same dotAfrica domain, the contested domain moves to an auction and the highest bidder wins.
This Landrush phase ends on 30th June after which dotAfrica domain registrations will be open to the public on 4th July.
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