Johannesburg to get Top Level Domain

2013-06-07 11:05
Johannesburg is edging closer to acquiring a Top Level Domain name. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Johannesburg is edging closer to acquiring a Top Level Domain name. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The City of Johannesburg is edging closer to be the first in the country to have its own Top Level Domain name.

The city's application was submitted by the ZA Domain Name Authority (Zadna) which took over control of second level domains such as ac.za, co.za, gov.za and org.za in 2002.

Cape Town and Durban were also submitted, but Johannesburg drew 566 in order of priority for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) which governs the global domain market.

Zadna said that Johannesburg was a unique city.

"Joburg is a city with its own unique atmosphere and is undoubtedly Africa's leading business and financial centre," said Zadna general manager Vika Mpisane.

Fees

He said that the domain names for top South African cities could see tourism benefits as the cities market themselves online.

"It's fitting that it [Johannesburg] should have its own domain name that companies and organisations can use to convey a distinct association with the city. Once the Cape Town initial evaluation is completed, we will be on our way to giving our three major cities a sound platform on which to market themselves on the internet," Mpisane added.

Icann received in excess of 2 000 applications for Top Level Domain names, raising some $352m in fees for the California-based organisation.

Once a name has been approved, there is a $25 000 annual licence fee to operate the web suffix.

"The application fee was paid for by the ZA central registry - we're the applicant. Zadna is the regulator and they're our partners with national and local government on the project," Neil Dundas acting CEO of the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) told News24.

He said that the domain names would be made available to South Africans and fees would be recovered through licensing agreements.

"The wholesale price of the domain names that we will delegate: That's the price that we charge the registrar - MWEB and those type of people - will be roughly R150 to R180 per domain per year."


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