September 1, 2017




Domain name Registrars and Resellers (RaRs) who are not currently accredited by the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) to register new dotAfrica (.africa), dotJoburg, dotDurban and dotCapetown geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) can now register them with AF Proxy Services Ltd.

AF Proxy Services Ltd is excited to announce that it has finally received its registrar credentials from ICANN thus enabling it to provision domain names in the four gTLDs under its management.

In technical terms, the AF Proxy domain registration platform allows a non-ICANN Accredited Registrar to integrate with its domain management system to provision domain names in the gTLDs using the default Proxy Registrar. “Effectively, all users of the AF Proxy service become resellers of the Proxy Registrar which is an elegant technical solution aimed at boosting new gTLD domain name registrations,” says Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO.

“Internet consumers and entrepreneurs interested in establishing their domain name reseller businesses are the big winners here as they will have much more choice when it comes to choosing the domain management system that they would like to integrate with. In addition, the African RaR community will be empowered to offer additional products and services at very low cost to themselves,” said Mr Masilela. Securing ICANN accreditation is an expensive and time-consuming process, which generally deters small to medium sized entities from applying for their very own ICANN registrar credentials.

Many RaRs, located throughout the African continent, who are not ICANN accredited can now proudly play a part in Africa’s rebirth by provisioning the new .africa domain name. The AF Proxy service is aimed at creating an enabling platform for SME RaRs to stimulate growth in the African domain name ecosystem and, ultimately, the wider African economy.

“The AF Proxy service is directly in line with the stated objectives of the OR Tambo and Abuja Declarations where it was resolved to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to ensure the development of Africa. Writing the next chapter in the .africa story will largely depend on Africans coming together to build smart tools like the AF Proxy service that will contribute to the continent’s development in a practical way,” concluded Mr Masilela.

This is one of a series of publications that we will be issuing over the next few weeks. Look out for our next edition, which contains more details on how you can onboard to activate your reseller credentials. In the meantime

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