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ICANN Request for Proposal (RFP): Africa Domain Name System Study 2022

27 June 2022

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization issued a request for proposal (RFP) to identify a provider to conduct a study of the Domain Name System (DNS) as it impacts and is utilized in Africa.

In 2016, the ICANN organization conducted The 2016 African Domain Name System Market Study in the Africa region. The main purpose of the study was to:

  • Highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the DNS sector in Africa
  • Develop recommendations on how to advance the industry to better exploit the opportunities available and to address identified challenges
  • Explore options for establishing an observatory to continuously monitor the growth, development, and emerging needs regarding the DNS in Africa

In tandem with feedback from the community, ICANN believes there have been changes to the reach and impact of the DNS in Africa in the past five years. Therefore, it is important to conduct a new study to examine the current realities related to the DNS in Africa and present an updated, comprehensive report of the African DNS landscape for the benefit of the community.

This new study will be essential for understanding the current circumstances in Africa ahead of a potential future round of new generic top-level domains.

For a complete overview of this RFP, including the timeline, please click here.

Indications of interest should be emailed to Africa.DNS.Study.2022-RFP@icann.org.

Proposals should be electronically submitted using ICANN's sourcing tool at the latest by 23:59 UTC on 25 July 2022. Access to this tool may be requested via the same email.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.