Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) is a new way of registering and maintaining domain names.
EPP is a client-server protocol where all communications use XML as defined by a series of schemas.
* Client connects to server over SSL.
* Server identifies itself and the commands and extensions that it supports.
* Client logs in by supplying login name and password.
* Client polls the server to see if there are any notifications waiting to be collected and then collects them (or it could do this later).
* Client issues commands to server, which then replies immediately with response status.
* Client then idles until it has more commands to send, polling periodically for any notifications.
The main benefits of using EPP are:
You will either need to write your own EPP client or buy one off the shelf. EPP is not intended for an individual to type out an EPP command in the same way that you can with the Automaton. Your software will then need to be able to connect directly to the EPP server using SSL.
To connect to our EPP server you need to register for this service. We also provide an EPP testbed to allow you to test your EPP implementation.
EPP is an international standard, and is specified in RFCs 5730 to 5734. However, it was developed largely by those working for gTLD registries, who have a very different data model from us. As a result the .co.za registry extended the standard definitions for domains, contacts and hosts to enable EPP to be used with its own data structure and to have access to the larger range of domain management commands used in the .co.za domain name system. Currently in development is a standard EPP implementation that more closely matches other gTLD registries. Standard EPP can be used with .co.za, however registrars will not have access to a number of functions that are specific to the .co.za registry.
All of the extensions creaetd and implemented by the .co.za registry conform to the guidelines for extending EPP given in RFC 5730.
The EPP Protocol uses various commands to address and perform registry related functions. Below are links to examples of the current available functions of the co.za registry system.
Ask your Domain Registrar or ISP about dotAfrica domain registrations. You may wish to participate in Sunrise if you have any rights to the name. Find a dotAfrica Domain Registrar here.
For the latest status updates, please visit dotafrica.org.
The .africa TLD will be launched in two phases, namely:
If you are a trademark holder ICANN prescribes a process, which we as the Registry Operator need to follow to ensure that genuine trademarks are protected and sold to the valid entity. The trademark holder will need to register their trademarks with the ICANN Trademark Clearing House or the Mark Validation System.
This will depend on individual Registrar pricing, in which launch phase you register the domain and if the domain is a premium name or not.
There are various protection mechanisms and policies, which the Registry Operator needs to adhere to and we are also bound by ICANN to make these policies part of our operations.
The various policies include:
See the Policy menu item above for more information.
Pre-registration .africa domain names will not be possible. Any application submitted during the dotAfrica Sunrise phase must have a corresponding validation token (SMD) in order to obtain the highest possible priority allocation.
If an applicant wants to secure the best possible claim to a domain name application during the launch, it must be associated with a pre-validated trade mark in either the TMCH or MVS. Without this a claim to the corresponding domain name is relegated to lesser priority status. The official way in which you can best secure your rights to a name in the new .africa namespace would be through the pre-validation of a registered mark.
See the MVS at www.markvalidation.com for more information.
dotAfrica is the new Top Level Domain (TLD) for the African continent: It is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organisations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets.
The dotAfrica initiative is fully endorsed by the African Union (AU) and has widespread support across the continent - from African governments, the business sector, civil society and the technical community. dotAfrica is led by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee from across the continent.
This functionality will be made available soon. Government Representatives must register first and domains must be accepted into the RNL to display data here. Please check back soon!