Dot ML will be operated by the Agence des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (AGETIC) as a generic, unrestricted, clean and global TLD for anyone on the internet beginning July 15 2013 without restrictions on registrations and renewal.
According to Hawa Diakite , Chef Service Gestion du .ml of AGETIC, “Providing free domain names to our own community and to internet users worldwide is a great opportunity for us.”
He added, “Because of the events in the Northern part of Mali we have been under a lot of stress lately. We believe that providing free domain names to our internet population will greatly improve the usage and the knowledge of the IT industry in our country.”
He added that the .ML Registry will be powered by Freedom Registry which also operates .TK. Dot TK is the largest country code on the internet, with more than 16 million active domain names which also runs AnyCast cloud with servers in 15 countries ensuring uptime of all domains.
The .ML launch schedule was released during the ICANN meeting in Beijing, China and will include a Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability phase. The Sunrise starts on the 1st of May 2013 and will last for one month until May 31st. Landrush will begin the following day and will end on July 14th 2013.
General Availability for the domain starts on July 15th at the ICANN meeting in Durban, South Africa.
Moussa Dolo , General Manager of AGETIC said,”We are proud to be the first African nation to give domain names for free .By providing free domain names to internet users worldwide we will put Mali back on the map. We wish to show the rest of the world the fantastic opportunities our country has to offer.”