DCA Registry Services is an initiative of DotConnectAfrica Trust, an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization that is based in Nairobi Kenya Reg.ID CT8710DCA90, and its main charitable objects are: (a) for the advancement of education in information technology to the African society; and (b) in connection with (a) to provide the African society with a continental Internet domain name to have access to Internet services for the people of Africa as a purpose beneficial to the public in general.
DCA Registry Services is based in Kenya and has partnered with Safaricom and Fincom Technologies Kenya, and CentralNiC a UK based world’s pioneering domain registry to deliver superior domain registry services. The registry is based on the latest Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and supported with RGP, DNSSEC functionalities. There is a Launch Phase extension for Sunrise and Land Rush periods. Other key registry technologies include Thick Whois, IPv6 Compatibility, and IDN Support.
The registry services run on a redundant back end with an embedded Mobile Device compliant system. Security and Stability is also enabled with a Shared Registry System (SRS) for ease of use by registrars and other appointed resellers.
DCA Registry Services believes that setting-up a world-class registry system infrastructure that is physically located in Africa will be an important ‘criticality’ to the unconditional success of the DotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) project.
We have therefore partnered with the following reputed companies to deliver our services.
Safaricom Limited is a leading integrated communications service provider in Kenya. The beneficial access offered by the Data Center operations of Safaricom would enable DCA Registry to provide a fully-redundant Internet registry system that features off-site fail-over and escrow so as to satisfy the most exacting high availability requirements of a 21st century gTLD. This would provide DCA with full control of the critical resources required to run and administer the DotAfrica gTLD registry on a sustainable basis for the benefit of its prospective customers especially within the Africa region.
FINCOM will provide computer and network technical support and local facilitation/representation services.
CentralNIC, has agreed to provide DCA with registry software, consulting and training services, and to work closely with DCA to ensure that the Kenya-based registry to be established will satisfy all the stringent technical and operational requirements of the ICANN new gTLD program. Moreover, CentralNIC’s authoritative DNS technology already includes AnyCast instances in 40 locations around the globe including Nairobi, Kenya, Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa, with this great geographic diversity ensuring 100% availability at all times for .africa domain names.