The internet penetration rate in Zimbabwe did not really rise until well after the year 2009 when mobile internet was introduced by Econet, NetOne and Telecel. Even now the bulk of people who go online rarely stray far from the teeming activity of social media platforms. Because we were late on the scene popular domain names that end with popular extensions such as .com, .net, .org and .co.uk were already grabbed.

So domains like zimbabwe.com, zimbabwe.co.uk and zimbabwe.net are already owned usually by prospectors who hope to sell them at a profit. One such person reached out to us wanting to sell their domain zimbabwe.co.uk and asking if we were interested. We weren’t but naturally we were curious to know how much such a domain would cost. The domain is being sold in an auction by popular domain selling company SEDE.com. The minimum bid is a shocking US$50 000.

For this fee, the winner will get the domain which is set to expire in July of 2027. After this, they will be asked to pay the standard fee of 10 British pounds per year to renew the domain. That’s a lot of money to pay for what is basically the cost of two high-density houses but depending on how you intend to use the domain. This can actually be worth it.

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