There were 17 new gTLD applications from Africa out of over 1,900 and ICANN has just culled nine of them as they had failed to go live within 12 months as specified in their contracts, according to a report in The Register.
The gTLDs in question, all brand gTLDs, were .naspers, .supersport, .mzansimagic, .mnet, .kyknet, .africamagic, .multichoice, .dstv and .gotv. The only company in Africa, the South African ZACR, was successful in applying for the .capetown, .durban and .joburg gTLDs. The .payu string, applied for by a Dutch company, is also in the same boat.
Another African applicant, .ummah from Ummah Digital of Gambia, was withdrawn in 2013, reported Domain Incite, while “the League of Arab States’ .arab and عرب. are both currently in pre-delegation testing, having signed ICANN contracts in November.”
And of course, .africa is an ongoing issue with one of the applicants, DotConnectAfrica, taking ICANN to court over the application process for the gTLD.
Meanwhile Donuts has emerged as the successful applicant for the .doctor gTLD. According to Domain Incite, “competing applicants Radix and The Medical Registry both withdrew their applications last week.”