ZACR hikes prices for South African internet domains

Broadband, Domains, Internet
Registering or renewing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains will cost more from 1 March 2015, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has told its domain registrars. Reports MyBroadband South Africa's ZA Central Registry has informed registrars about a price hike for .ZA domain registrations and renewals.  ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said the wholesale price of registrations through the extensible provisioning protocol (EPP) system would become ZAR 45, while legacy registrations would increase to ZAR 90. Currently. EPP costs ZAR 35, while legacy registrations cost ZAR 65.88. These price increases were approved in November 2014, and were originally set to take effect on 16 February. Further price increases to legacy registrations of ZAR 10 per year will be implemented annually from 01 March, u

IRP Documents Reveal African Government Endorsements were for Reserving .africa String for AU and not for AU to apply or designate an applicant for .Africa String

Domains, Governance, Internet
New revelations from the  DCA vs. ICANN  IRP documents that were released recently provide new details which could have serious consequences for ZACR’s application for the hotly contested .africa gTLD. The  documents include Sophia Bekele’s (DotConnectAfrica’s - DCA’s - executive director) expert testimony and the Second Memorial on the Merits by DCA's legal representatives, an international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which represents DCA in the DCA vs. ICANN IRP, on how the .Africa new gTLD application was processed. The lack of  endorsements to ZACR seem also apparent, and also details that ICANN played a big role in supporting ZACR’s application against the rules of engagement where ICANN was supposed to be a referee.   The redacted document states “ICANN not only advised

Tribunal freezes ICANN processing on .africa: Independent Review Panel Rules in favor of DotConnectAfrica

A complaint by an organisation competing for the .africa geographic top-level domain (gTLD) has halted the launch of the internet name, which was planned to be unveiled early June by ZACR. DotConnectAfrica won an injunction when the Independent Review Panel ruled yesterday that ICANN should not carry on processing .africa until it has ruled on a complaint filed. This will allow the Panel time to consider arguments from DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust) and ICANN on DCA Trust’s claims regarding the .AFRICA TLD. The win stems from the fact that DCA received an Injunction it requested in its IRP Proceedings in an arbitration process against ICANN (‘DCA Trust vs. ICANN’) governed by the International Dispute Resolution Procedures of the ICDR based in New York and the Supplementary Procedur
DotConnectAfrica requests the ICANN Board Not to Listen to GAC Early Warning Advise on .africa

DotConnectAfrica requests the ICANN Board Not to Listen to GAC Early Warning Advise on .africa

Domains, Governance
DCA’s response to ICANN Board on its 17 Country objections is full of sensible explanation as to why ICANN cannot use the GAC recommendations in the early warning as a parting shot to its evaluation process in determining who will run the African registry. The GAC issued 242 Early Warnings on 145 individual applications in the New gTLD program. 17 were posted for DotConnectAfrica with 16 from countries and 1 from the African Union Commision which surprisingly is considered  a “co-applicant” of the .africa together with its partnering organization Uniforum SA. This may come as the highest objection ever received by a geographic TLD applicant, entirely expected given the controversy of the road that .africa has taken in Africa.   Its assumed to be among the most contested applications in I