ICANN Monday announced that Baher Esmat has been appointed Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) office in Istanbul, Turkey. He is replacing Nick Tomasso who has served as Managing Director for MEA since 2017 in addition to his role as Vice President, Global Meeting Operations, in which he will continue to serve.
In response to internet censorship by governments across the continent, Africans have turned to technologies of freedom to access blocked content online.
The eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Centre with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually. This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook is teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa.
Globally domain name registrations have grown 5.7% in the year to the end of October to 344 million, with growth highest among new gTLDs (7.1%) and African ccTLDs (6.2%), while growth is lowest in the Americas (1.4%), Europe (2.6%) and Asia (2.9%), according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report.
While growth is highest among new gTLDs, with many still launching, as well as African ccTLDs, both have the lowest average number of domain names registered per top level domain.
According to the report, ccTLDs made up 44% of the global domain market, most of which comes from the European market. And while ccTLD growth was highest in Africa in the 12 months to the end of October, it has been from a relatively small base. Growth among ccTLDs in Asia and the Americas have slowed down, particularly among Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs where median growth was 1.4% YOY at October 2018.
For many European ccTLDs, the report notes 2018 has been focused around GDPR. This has no doubt left some with less marketing resources, but despite this, registrations have continued with relative stability. Although the long term growth average continues to decline, it is doing so at a much reduced rate. At the end of the third quarter however, the median growth hit a new low of 2.7% (1.5% for the top 10 largest ccTLDs). Driving this decline was a sharp slow down in rates of new adds between March and August 2018, particularly among some of the larger ccTLDs. This was aggravated by deletes which did not reduce at the same level. Despite this, the average renewal rate remained strong at a median of 84% (slightly lower at 81% among the top 10 largest ccTLDs).
Across Europe, the average local market share to ccTLDs is estimated at 58% for registrations and 37% for local web traffic. In both cases, the figures are higher when filtered to central and eastern European countries.
Among the new generic top level domains, registrations totalled some 22.5 million – up 11% from 1 year prior. While many new gTLDs are growing well, roughly one third of the top 300 have contracted over the year. Larger legacy gTLDs such as .net, .org and .info have also seen declines, while .com has been increasing its growth rates. The new .app exploded into the market in the middle of year and has around 320K domains so far.
Of the new gTLDs, 539 are for .brands according to the Dot Brand Observatory, 170 of which are active, for a total of 12,115 domain names, which makes for an average of just over 22 domain names per .brand gTLD. Which leaves 694 new gTLDs open to public registrations with an average of 276,495 registrations per gTLD. A note of caution, the numbers from different sources may not align in terms of dates, but they will be close.
For country code top level domains, the average number of domain names among the African ccTLDs is around 58,600, in the Americas 262,300, Asia 645,900 and in Europe 1,257,900.
Of the top 15 TLDs, at the end of October, there were 3 that recorded growth rates of more than 5.0% for the year – .com (5.1%), .uk (9.8%) and .ca (5.2%) while .fr had growth of 4.7%. There were also 3 that declined by more than 5.0% – .net (6.1%), .info (17.6%) and .ru (7.4%).
The full CENTRstats Global TLD Report is available to download with interactive charts and tables from:
Africa Registry, part of the CentralNic Group, is a leading provider of domain names for Africa since 2005, is delighted to announce a new programme from its gateway service RRPproxy to empower domain name vendors, registrars and resellers in Africa to sell domains using over 1,000 TLDs, and to benefit from a $50 free credit for all new accounts.
As well as offering almost five times more domain name choices than available through other African gateways, Africa Registryâs RRPproxy service enables registrars and resellers to immediately start selling lucrative add-on services such as hosting and SSL certificates – and many more attractive features
To receive an immediate $50 credit, anyone in Africa wishing to upgrade their business selling domain names is invited to register with Africa Registryâs RRPproxy now at:
Africa Registry stated: âAfrican companies selling domain names today or planning to in the future deserve the same range of products and services to sell enjoyed by their peers in Europe, the US and Asia. Africa Registry now provides this service through RRPproxy, the worldâs best technical solution for domains.â
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Cameroonâs ccTLD, best known for attracting scammers and spammers who typosquat the equivalent .com domain names, is reducing the annual registration fee from CFA130,000 (US$233) to CFA7,000 ($12.50) according to a report in Business in Cameroon.
According to the report, there is a low awareness of the Cameroonian country code top level domain, with Ebot Ebot Enaw, director of the countryâs national ICT agency saying âthat many people do not know where they can register .cm domain names and some do not even know the price.â
To address the lack of awareness, Cameroon Telecommunications has launched a promotional campaign for the countryâs ccTLD to explain the advantages of .cm domain names and how they can be registered. As of 2016 there were around 53,000 .cm domain names registered, with price being a major disincentive.
But there may be another disincentive. As Krebs on Security reported in March this year, âif you try to visit some of the most popular destinations on the Web but omit the âoâ in .com (and type .cm instead), thereâs a good chance your browser will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages â potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely.â Having your companyâs domain name in such a crime-ridden ccTLD may not be much of an incentive for businesses and consumers.
With prices being lowered, and without changes in eligibility, itâs likely .cm will only become even more spammier. Itâs also unclear if the reduction applies to second and/or third level domains.
ICANN announced today [2 Nov] that Marrakech, Morocco, has been selected as the location in the African region to host ICANN‘s 65th Public Meeting, to be held 24â27 June 2019. This Policy Forum will be hosted by the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (FMAI) at the Palmeraie Resort.
ICANN holds three meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN‘s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for learning about ICANN, progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and promoting interaction among members of the ICANN community, organization, and Board. Usually featuring more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.
ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address â a name or a number â into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
[news release] ICANN is pleased to announce the release of its Final Report on Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Market Study. This study serves as part of ICANN‘s outreach efforts to support and improve the regional DNS industry. The report is the first of its kind in the region, which includes 54 countries.
It was commissioned to:
- Highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the DNS sector in Africa,
- Develop recommendations on how to advance the industry to better exploit the opportunities available and to address identified challenges,
- Explore options for establishing an observatory to continuously monitor the growth, development and emerging needs of the DNS market in Africa.
The findings of the report, which will guide the next steps for capacity-building in Africa, lead to significant conclusions and recommendations highlighted below:
- There are, as of May 2017, some 5.1 million domain names associated with Africa. The total annual value of the African Domain Name market is some $52 million.
- Many countries could usefully remove or reduce barriers to growth of the Internet industry generally and the Domain Name market in particular.
- There is considerable potential for growth in the Domain Name market in Africa for the foreseeable future.
On 27 June, from 15:15-16:45 at Pavillon S8, ICANN will hold a public presentation to discuss the report during ICANN‘s 59th Public Meeting (ICANN59), in Johannesburg. ICANN59 is also the 2nd Policy Forum, the 1st one being in Helsinki last year.
You can view and download the report here [PDF, 5.02 MB].
For more details on ICANN59, please visit: https://meetings.icann.org/en/johannesburg59
The full schedule of ICANN59 events and meetings, where you can join remotely, is available at https://schedule.icann.org/.
ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device â a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit: www.icann.org
The underlying theme of this series of workshops is to harness the potential of African governments for participation in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) policy processes.
The workshop aims to continue to raise awareness amongst the joining African law enforcement community, particularly from our host country South Africa, on how to participate in ICANN and engage effectively in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN policy making. Â A roundtable with ICANN community and industry will focus on collaboration around security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and a half day will be devoted to the Africa Convention on Cybersecurity and Data Protection.
A range of topics will be covered:
- Introduction to ICANN‘s mission and multistakeholder bottom-up policy development model
- Introduction to the GAC: role, organisation and membership
- Introduction to the PSWG: mandate and work plan
- Definition of Abuse of the DNS that can be addressed through ICANN‘s processes and contracts
- Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and obligations of contracted parties
- Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and tools of ICANN‘s Security Stability and Resiliency Team
- How Law Enforcement and consumer protection agencies should engage with ICANN
- Areas of collaboration with other stakeholders (industry, technical community, RIRs, among others)
- Discussion on WHOIS and related storage and retention of personal data;
Potential implications of European Data Protection legislation (GPDR) and African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection
The African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences on issues of DNS abuse, security, stability and resiliency with the South African Police Services, African Heads of Cybercrime units, Regional Economic Communities, the African Union as well as other representatives from governments and industry.
It will also provide an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learnt with other agencies from a wide range of countries during the ICANN, GAC, PSWG sessions taking place the following week at ICANN‘s 59th public meeting in Johannesburg from 27th -29th June 2017.
The workshop is supported by the Government Engagement Department at ICANN in collaboration with ICANN‘s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE), Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR), Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) and Compliance teams, as well as the ZADNA.
The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 436 KB].
ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device â a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.
For more information, please visit: icann.org
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