Arab World Do­main Name Op­por­tu­nity

Southern Innovator - - YOUTH -

It is easy to miss a new eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity. The in­tro­duc­tion of an Ara­bic do­main name sys­tem for the In­ter­net is just such an op­por­tu­nity.

Since the dawn of the In­ter­net, Latin script has been used ex­clu­sively for top-level web do­main names, the ad­dresses that end .com, .org and so on. That has been a big ob­sta­cle for users of nonLatin script lan­guages such as Ara­bic.

The ex­plo­sion in mo­bile phones in the Arab world has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased the num­ber of peo­ple who can ac­cess the In­ter­net.

How­ever, it is es­ti­mated just 10 per cent of peo­ple in the Arab world speak English, leav­ing them un­able to ac­cess the many re­sources on the In­ter­net. But by turn­ing to us­ing Ara­bic do­main names, there will be con­sis­tency and no more guess­work for Ara­bic­s­peak­ing web users. – (July 2011) Kenyans with mo­bile phone (2011) In­ter­net users in the world by 2015 East African Sub­ma­rine Ca­ble Sys­tem Rev­enue from mo­bile phone apps (2009)

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