More Africa NewsTen African Internet Registry Operators to Benefit from Capacity Building Initiative

June 9, 2022by myles0

The Company for the allocation of domain names and numbers on the Internet wants to help improve the quality of the Internet network in Africa, where traffic is growing. The organization that announced server infrastructure in Africa in February has other plans for the continent.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a capacity building initiative for ten African country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry operators. . The initiative organized in partnership with the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition aims to equip beneficiaries with practical training and tools that will allow them to be competitive in the domain name market. 

The ten beneficiary registry operators of the project are from Angola, Benin, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Togo and Zimbabwe. The training is part of the pilot phase of the project. She will cover a range of topics, including domain name system security best practices, registry governance, writing business plans and marketing plans, as well as internationalized domain names and universal acceptance. The training will consist of a combination of online courses, hands-on workshops and webinars. 

The launch of this project is part of the mission of ICANN and its partners, which is to ensure a secure, stable and unified global Internet. The company plans to launch a larger project for this purpose in order to accelerate the growth and sustainability of the African digital economy. In February, ICANN announced the installation of two root servers on the African continent to improve Internet capacity.

These ICANN investments in Africa are also part of the ambitions of the Partner2Connect digital coalition launched on September 20, 2021 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), to drive meaningful connectivity and digital transformation at scale. world. Ambitions that also align with the African digital transformation strategy 2020-2030.

“  The Internet is both global and local. Country code top-level domains are an integral part of the Internet infrastructure as they enable the development of local digital initiatives to promote sustainable national digital economies  ,” said Gӧran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN. . 

Source: Agenece Ecofin

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