AF Proxy Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Registry Africa has received its registrar credentials from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This accreditation enables AF Proxy to provision domain names in the four geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) under its management.
Domain name Registrars and Resellers (RaRs) who are not currently accredited by the ICANN to register new .africa, .joburg, .durban and .capetown gTLDs can now register them with AF Proxy Services Ltd.
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. This essentially means that all users of the AF Proxy service become resellers of AF Proxy Services Ltd.
The AF Proxy service will allow Internet consumers and entrepreneurs who are interested in establishing their domain name reseller businesses to 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 a low cost. 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.