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Lack of ccTLD Growth in Africa Only Partially Due to Internet Penetration

ICANN says that, "the lack of ccTLD growth in africa is due to Internet penetration". However, Gideon Rop of DotConnectAfrica and an Internet Governance expert in the African landscape, expressed a different opinion during the Africa DNS forum in Nairobi:

"The Internet penetration in Africa is listed as among the highest rising in the world, especially if you factor in the mobile phone penetration, which loosely translates to internet connectivity. The broadband pricing may still be higher than other places but connectivity is improving.

Lack of ccTLD growth is more of poor marketing and operation model that remains an impediment in pushing the ccTLD's vis a vis the other domains such as .com. In fact the difficulty is in the lack of capacity within the ccTLDs in relation of having the proper registry/registrar technologies which increases the administrative fees on the registrants. So we really can't peg all the underperformance of ccTLD's on internet.

African Government on their part have done a tremendous job of championing access for their people for the past 6-7 years. I think the African registries have to adopt model that provides appealing value added services."

Related topics: ICANN, Registry Services, New TLDs

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