The Internet country code top-level domain (CcLD) .za was granted to South Africa by ICANN in 1990. Over 60% of Internet traffic generated on the African continent originates from South Africa.
This year the one millionth .co.za domain name was registered – see: One Million .co.za Domains Registered.
In contrast over 100 milion .com domain names have been registered.
The first South African IP address was granted to Rhodes University in 1988. On 12 November 1991, the first IP connection was made between Rhodes’ computing centre and the home of Randy Bush in Portland, Oregon. By November 1991, South African universities were connected through UNINET to the Internet.
The African National Congress, launched its website, anc.org.za, in 1997, making it one of the first African political organizations to establish an Internet presence.
27 years after the first local IP address, 18 years after the establishment of the ANC web site and 25 years since the CcLD the Government is implementing its broadband policy which will ensure that South Africans have access to fast, reliable, secure and affordable internet.
“Through the broadband rollout, government intends to accelerate the delivery of broadband to government offices, communities and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs),” said Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.
Speaking on Monday at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications (SATNAC) Conference, he said in the next 30 days his department hopes to finalise the appointment of the lead implementation agent.
“The ground work in the eight pilot district municipalities has commenced in collaboration