Africa Is Officially Getting Its Own Domain Name

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The new domain will aim to unite people and businesses within the continent when it launches this July.

Thirty-two years after the world's first domain was created, Africa is finally getting its own Internet footprint with a new '.africa' domain name. 

Supported by the African Union, the idea is that the domain will unite people and businesses within the continent. 

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According to BBC, South African company ZA Central Registry spearheaded the campaign, which will now be responsible for registering .africa names. Buying the address will cost as little as $18 (£15) and registration will start in July 2017.

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"With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. 

Currently, South Africa dominates the amount of Internet users on the continent with 1.1 million out of the 2 million total.

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