Initiative: The Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Market study will leverage the methodology and results of the 2016 Africa DNS Study to examine the current realities of the African DNS landscape in Africa and present a comprehensive report. The outcomes will help inform the Coalition for Digital Africa of future growth opportunities and development, both locally and regionally, in line with the Coalition’s guiding principles.
To identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in Africa’s DNS industry ecosystem.
To develop recommendations to advance the industry and bring it closer to realizing its full potential.
To document relevant data and provide further analytical findings that will enable ICANN and other parties involved in the Africa namespace to develop a roadmap on the scope of needs and priorities for the development and growth of both country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in Africa.
To leverage the methodology and results of the 2016 Africa DNS Study, ultimately leading to the establishment of a pilot observatory—a platform and software—to continuously monitor the growth, development, and emerging needs of the DNS industry in Africa. This data will help build a continental database on the DNS management, market, and security in Africa.
This study will result in an assessment of the evolving DNS market and economic trends in Africa that describes and quantifies the overall potential of the domain name industry in the region, including:
The DNS Africa Study will be conducted by PowerSoft Africa, with funding provided by ICANN.
Inception report and methodology review
Draft final report of the study
Final report of the study