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dotMobi plans to expand in Africa

At the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference, dotMobi, the registrar for the .mobi domain, announced plans to expand a free membership scheme for developer platforms to Africa.

Speaking in front of Kenyan businesspeople present at the conference, representatives from dotMobi announced their plans to offer free membership to African developers, in order to expand their horizons. Currently, developers have to pay membership fees.

“There are several benefits of using .mobi; developers can access tools that rate Web sites on whether mobile users will navigate them with ease and the changes needed”, said Francesco Cetraro, dotMobi manager for business development and sales, quoted by Computerworld.

He added that the purpose of expanding the mobile format in African countries was to offer a better mobile experience for users.

“We are willing to work with country code Top Level Domain managers in Africa to offer .mobi; we are not competing, we provide improved mobile user experience,” he added.

The ICANN conference, currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya, hosts presentations and discussions from dotMobi, the World Wide Web Consortium and Harvard Law School, showcasing opportunities available for developers and Internet businesses.


Last Quarter Ended With 192 Million Total New Registered Domains, Up 11 Million

Approximately 11 million new domain names were registered in the fourth quarter of 2009, an eight percent increase in new registrations from the third quarter of 2009. The increase has brought the total of registrations across all of the Top Level Domain Names to 192 million, an increase of nearly 15 million domain name registrations since the close of 2008. That means we’ll likely cross the 200 million milestone this or next quarter, provided growth continues.The numbers come from VeriSign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief .In Q4 2009, the base of domain name registrations grew by two percent over the third quarter of 2009 and eight percent over the fourth quarter of 2008.According to the Industry Brief, the base of Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) rose to 78.6 million domain names, a three percent increase quarter over quarter and a 10 percent increase year over year. In terms of total registrations, .com unsurprisingly continues to have the highest base followed by .cn (China), .de (Germany) and .net.VeriSign’s average daily DNS query load during the fourth quarter of 2009 was 52 billion per day with peaks as high as 61 billion per day, jumping 48 percent for the daily average and 31 percent increase for peak daily queries as compared to fourth quarter 2008.

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Author : Robin Wauters