As many of you are aware, there have been several new developments on the .AFRICA front over the past several days, indeed the past few hours. Here is an updated status report:
On 3 March 2016 the ICANN Board passed a resolution confirming that the DCA Trust (DCA) application for .AFRICA did not have sufficient government support as required by the Applicant Guidebook. As a result the DCA application has been rendered ineligible for further review or evaluation.
The ICANN Board then authorised the CEO and President to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA to be operated by the ZACR pursuant to the Registry Agreement signed on 24 March 2014.
Information concerning the resolution can be found here.
Since its inception in the late 1990s, ICANN has had the goal of increasing competition in the domain name market and reducing the strain on some of the burdened and overpopulated gTLDs through the addition of new gTLDs. ICANN has carried out two new gTLD application rounds, the first in 2000 saw the introduction of seven new gTLDs and the second in 2004, the introduction of six new gTLDs. These new gTLDs, however, did not have the desired effect. Consequently, ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO), developed policy recommendations to guide ICANN’s introduction of further new gTLDs between December 2005 and September 2007. The most comprehensive and ambitious expansion of gTLDs in the history of the domain name system (DNS) was approved for implementation by ICANN’s Board in June 2008.