February 27, 2017
After several years of judicial combat between two registry operators, the .AFRICA top-level domain has now been added to the root of the internet, whilst the domain names should be available for registration in a few weeks time.
A Los Angeles court recently refused to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent ICANN from adding this extension to the internet root. The motion was filed by Dot Connect Africa (DCA), unsuccessful candidate for the management of the TLD. The administration of the extension has therefore been awarded to the South-African registry operator ZACR.
The ruling follows a complaint for fraud filed by DCA against ICANN, accusing the latter of not following its own rules and unfairly favouring ZACR. The Court has not yet ruled on the substance of the case but the judge appeared to believe that DCA had very little chance of winning as it had signed a covenant not to sue ICANN or the other applicants.
The .AFRICA was thus released to the management of ZACR, in anticipation of a decision on the merits of the case.
The Sunrise period for .AFRICA will start on April 4 and end on July 3. The general availability is planned for July 4.
This decision appears to mark the end of the troubled history of the .AFRICA delegation. Unless the decision on the merits of the case takes us back to square one...
IP Twins, accredited with ZACR will also become a .AFRICA registrar.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any information about the .AFRICA registrations.