6 Jul 2020

  • Telecommunications
  • Universal Acceptance
  • Universal Acceptance Engagement in Egypt
    1. Universal Acceptance Engagement in Egypt

    Universal Acceptance Engagement in Egypt

    The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of UA and Email Address Internationalization (EAI) within the IT and software development communities in Egypt. Raising awareness of the issues around UA will be more effective when local software developers and their direct customers are aware of the issues and build more modern and robust systems that treat all domain names equally.

    The Domain Name System (DNS) Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC), established under the cooperation protocol signed between the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and ICANN in June 2014, will act as the project coordinator. The DNS-EC will invite experts from multiple disciplines to kick off the discussion and work on a plan to engage with relevant groups and entities.

    The envisaged engagement activities may include workshops, group discussions (face-to-face and over mailing lists), media reports, among others. The results can be measured in various ways such as testing local websites to determine if they are UA-ready.

    In 2009, Egypt applied to register its first Arabic country code top-level domain (ccTLD) ".masr to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), under the name "-.", making the first Arab country to apply to register an Arabic TLD.

    The registration of Egypts first ccTLD is a major breakthrough in the history of Internet development, reflecting Egypts successful efforts. The final phase of the project was launched in 2013, and the TLD was included in the global Internet root zone.

     Moreover, NTRA granted license to three companies, namely Vodafone, TE Data (now WE), and LINKdotNET, to provide the registration service of Arabic domain names under .masr to individuals, private or public companies, government or civil society.

    This is in addition to granting the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) a special license to register Arabic domain names for governmental, educational and academic entities.
    For more information on the UASG and recent developments, please click Here.

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