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Sunrise starting 4 April 2017

One domain for the entire African continent
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Sunrise is opening

On 4 April 2017, Sunrise is opening, for rights holders who have registered their trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) or Mark Validation System (MVS).

To register a .africa domain name, find a Registrar HERE

.AFRICA Launch Schedule

The launch schedule has the following phases and dates. Each phase starts at 00h00 CAT  and ends at 23h59 CAT .

ICANN launch program approval pending.



4 April 2017 - 2 June 2017

Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Sunrise for rights holders that have registered their trademark.


Early Access

5 June 2017 - 30 June 2017 

Advanced registration open to everyone via a first-come, first-served, 7-day early access program.


General Availability

4 July, 2017

Domains will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information on the Launch, click HERE

Rights Protection

MVS Info



Registrar Onboarding

In order to become a dotAfrica accredited registrar and participate in the Launch Phases, ICANN accreditation is necessary.

Create an account or login on the ZACR portal.
  1. Complete your account information, including ICANN Registrar accreditation information.
  2. Accept the Registry- Registrar Agreement
  3. Request Legal Review by the ZACR legal team
  4. Begin technical accreditation for the dotAfrica gTLD namespace
  5. Technical Accreditation for Launch (Sunrise & Landrush) – this is an optional step which will allow the Registrar to participate in the Launch phases.
  6. Request Live Credentials, if you have passed the Launch Accreditation – you will receive credentials to participate in Launch. If you have not passed Launch Accreditation, you will receive credentials for General Availability.
  7. If you are an ICANN Accredited Registrar, but do not have Launch technical Accreditation, you will be able to participate in the landrush phase manually, by making use of the Web-RAR which is available on the ZACR Registrar Portal.

 To start the process, click HERE!


Introducing dotAfrica


With so many reasons to believe in the brightest continent on Earth, we are introducing the dotAfrica domain to allow Africa to engage with the world and the world to engage with Africa.

What Is dotAfrica?

Want to know more? This video explains all you need to know about the dotAfrica Top Level Domain.

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Launch Strategy Info

Launch Overview

  • In order to participate in the launch program, an ICANN Accredited Registrar needs to complete a further technical accreditation.
  • There are two phases to the launch of the dotAfrica - Sunrise and Landrush, there are further sub-phases under each of these phases.
  • Launches are governed by various policies that are separate from the Published Policies and Procedures that govern the continuous operations of a namespace.

These include:

  • Launch Policy

Policy governing how the Launch of a namespace will be managed, including timelines, Sunrise Phases, Landrush Phases, possible auctions, and eventual delegation of applications.

  • Sunrise Dispute Resolution Policy

Policy governing the process for dispute resolution of Sunrise Applications with prior rights to domain names.

  • Auction Policy

Policy governing the allocation and process for any required auctions during the Launch Phase.