[AfrICANN-discuss] AfriDNS - Internet governance at the local level

Michele Neylon - Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Thu Nov 16 17:58:33 UTC 2017


Do you mean wholesale price or retail?

And either way it’s not just Africa
The Latin American market is as bad if not worse, with many ccTLDs in the region looking for $50+ per year.

Also, if you look at the African ccTLDs there are still quite a few that don’t offer any level of automation or a proper registrar system so it’s hard to see how they’d scale.

But why do you want them to buy African domains? A domain by itself is of no value. If you are trying to encourage content then it’s a very different conversation



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From: Alan Levin <alan at futureperfect.co.za>
Reply-To: "africann at afrinic.net" <africann at afrinic.net>
Date: Thursday 16 November 2017 at 09:52
To: "africann at afrinic.net" <africann at afrinic.net>
Subject: [AfrICANN-discuss] AfriDNS - Internet governance at the local level


I've been studying African cctld for many years.

The cost of registering an African cctld in Uganda / Nigeria / Ghana / Botswana / Angola, etc appears to remain totally out of kilter with the global market rates.  To buy a .ke for a local is around USD6, but for a foreigner it's >USD17 and they appear to be one of the cheapest.

In South Africa a domain goes for less than USD5, and they are available globally at the same price. We have over 1.2m registrations... significantly more than any other African cctld...

How can I encourage our clients to buy African cctlds when there is so much more to chose from nowadays?


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