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AU launch Africa's first internet domain name

17 March, 02:02 PM

More than three decades after the first domain name was registered, and over 25 years after the World Wide Web launched, Africa has its own internet domain.

The African Union (AU) launched the first African internet domain name on the March 10, 2017 to enable Africans and businesses have a better reach to the world.

Ongoing chair of the AU, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma expressed her pride at the growth the .africa will bring to theAfrican cyberspace.

“With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of internet penetration, with 22% of people using the internet compared to the global average of 44%. The AU has vowed to make it their priority to raise this by 10% by 2018 as part of the Agenda 2063 development plan.

The .africa domain will be made available in July, 2017.

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