Asante Sana as continent embraces dotAfrica domain

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From Tintswalo Baloyi in Johannesburg

Registry is confident of reaching
the milestone of .africa (dotAfrica) 25 000 domains.

The figure currently stands at 23 000.

RA, the administrator of the .africa domain name space, has announced it
will be running its popular African geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD)
US$1 Asante Promotion (Swahili for Thank You) between February and March
2020 in an effort to reach the feat.

The Asante Sana promotion will see the wholesale price of .africa
domains drop to $1 while the price of .joburg, .capetown and .durban
city domains will be reduced to R15 for the month of February .

These prices exclude Value-Added Tax (VAT), where applicable.

“Once again, the Asante Sana Promotion is aimed at saying thank you to
the Registrars and Resellers (RaRs) that have largely been responsible
for the phenomenal success of our African gTLDs," said Lucky Masilela,
Chief Executive Officer of RA.

He said the promotion was expressing gratitude to RaRs for contributing
immensely to connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa.

“Together, we're helping realise the dream of a Bright Continent,"
Masilela said.

He added information was powering the fourth industrial revolution hence
youth must be involved.

“Young Africans must fully participate in this digital revolution by
being active and visible online. This can be achieved by registering a
.africa domain," Masilela concluded.

Meanwhile, smartphones are projected to surpass feature
phone subscriptions in Tanzania by 2024 following increasing third
generation (3G) and 4G network deployments by mobile operators.

The smartphone subscriptions will grow at a relatively fast compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent and will account for more than
30 million subscriptions by the end of that year, surpassing feature
phones.

This is according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Lorenzo Solazzo, Technology Analyst at GlobalData, said mobile operators
such as Vodacom and Tigo were leading the deployment of networks for
smartphones in the East African country.

Vodacom, he singled out, added more than 300 4G sites, covering 23
percent of the population, and added more than 190 3G sites, reaching 52
percent of the population in 2018. Tanzania’s population is estimated at
58,8 million.

Moreover, Solazzo added, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory
Authority mandated the country's mobile operators' mobile broadband
coverage to breach 90 percent of the population by 2024, providing
opportunities for further 3G and 4G deployments in more rural areas and
thus more mobile data usage.

Tanzania’s operators are increasingly offering affordable 3G and 4G
smartphones to stimulate mobile data usage and thus future revenue.

For instance, Tigo offers the Tecno S3 3G smartphone for TZS67 500
(US$29). Additionally, the mobile operators are offering data-centric
plans including free access to over-the-top (OTT) applications such as
WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Tigo offers daily, weekly and monthly plans only for social networks,
called Social Packs which are priced from TSZ1 000 (US$0,43).

However, feature phone subscriptions in Tanzania will account for 70
percent of total handset subscriptions in 2019, according to GlobalData.

- CAJ News


 

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