16.06.2019

Interpoint (CH) is the delegated authority for registering domain names in the .CG top-level domain. On this site, the delegated entity is referred as DNSAfrica.

DNSAfrica has established the following policy that constitutes the terms and conditions for using our services. Our current online conditions supersede any other conditions, including your own conditions.

 

Important : If you don't accept our policy, terms and conditions of use that may vary from time to time, you must notify us and stop using our services immediately and you cannot register/maintain a domain name in the .CG top-level domain.

The domain name space is served on a first in first out basis. DNSAfrica has a liberal policy about domain name. DNSAfrica does its best to ensure that the top-level domain is run for the best interest of the country and the internet. For the last 23 years, it has maintained contacts with different local companies and authorities, and up to date, has avoided litigations. DNSAfrica is open to suggestions and guidelines that local authorities and companies are willing to see implemented. Until today, it has been run in a fair and non-partisan basis. The particularity is that DNSAfrica ensures that local citizens of the country are entitled to one free domain name. This is unique on the internet.

The domains are registered just under the top level domain code .CG. Registering domains under CO.CG or COM.CG has to be referred to DNSAfrica. In that case, the applicant will receive instructions about how to register that domain. No whois is available for these subdomains.

Domains must be used following internet best practices and ICANN guidelines.

Foreign entities (individuals, companies, organizations, ...) may register domains in .CG. The policy of DNSAfrica is to charge these entities with sizeable fees in order to compensate free registration for local citizens.

The foreign entities must provide a full whois contact record (admin/billing), but are not obliged to keep a DNS or the admin contact in the country. Except those qualified by DNSAfrica as restricted or undesirable, any domain name may be assigned to these entities. 

 

A restricted domain name is defined as : 

  • a domain under gov net edu ac com co int mil gouv or similar official domains
  • any other domain name related to government or public company

Contact DNSAfrica if you want to create such a domain. Note however that it will be assigned only if sponsored by an official authority.

 

An undesirable domain name is defined as :

  • being vulgar, offensive, illegal, misleading people or inappropriate
  • used for fraudulent or criminal activity, phishing, spamming, and creating dysfunctions on the internet
  • used as generic reference such as bank nom art ... or any other reference with the intention of misleading the internet community about the real nature of the activity
  • used by foreign entities posing as local entities for obtaining some advantages
  • used for posing as well-known brands/trademarks, without the consent of the owner of those brands/trademark (cybersquatting)
  • contravening internet best practices

 

An undesirable domain name will be deleted immediately and without compensation, at the rightful owner's request, or once DNSAfrica has discovered its real nature.

 

Length of domain names : the domain name should have a minimum of three characters. Applications for one or two characters domain may be considered, with an initial/recurring surcharge, with prior arrangement with DNSAfrica.

 

There is no notion of property as far as a domain name is concerned. It is rather to be seen as a sub-delegation, and the sub-delegated entity is supposed to manage it in compliance with the RFC's and with the usual rules applicable to such a sub-delegation. Reselling of the domain is a matter that DNSAfrica does not handle directly. It is an agreement between the seller and the buyer, and we only provide tools for changing admin/billing contact whois.

DNSAfrica will do its best to ensure that second-level domains are run in a fair way. DNSAfrica may delete a domain name without compensation, should the domain be run in an inappropriate manner or become restricted or undesirable. 

The invoicing is per e-mail only. DNSAfrica sends yearly invoices to the billing contact e-mail address a few months before the anniversary date of the domain creation with subsequent reminders. There is no reminder sent afterwards. It is your responsability to maintain the record accurate and your mail server open so that the e-mailed invoice reaches the right person. Note that our e-mails are in HTML formats and can include forms. An unpaid domain is deleted after two weeks and made available for new sub-delegation. Any payment without clear communication will be held in a separate account and domain will not be created/renewed. DNSAfrica will not try to trace back the payment origin, and without proper identification from the payer, this amount will stay unassigned to any domain. The deletion of the domain will take place at the end of the reprieve period following the last notice and DNSAfrica wont be liable for any refund. It is the registrant's responsibility to notify DNSAfrica about the assignment of the payment, and once this payment has been reassigned, domain will be restored until its next renewal date. During the time the domain is deleted, DNSAfrica owes no compensation. Then the domain can be made available to the public. Whois must be kept accurate and your mail server must be configured so that our mails are not classified as spam and reach the right person.

You agree that our entire liability, and your exclusive remedy, with respect to any provided DNSAfrica service(s) and/or for any breach and assigns is solely limited to the amount of 10 Euros per year. Some countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages; if it is the case, you are not allowed to use the present DNSAfrica services. Should you use our services however without informing us about this, the service will be deemed to have been rendered in our country and we will have no liability with you, and we will be legally not bound to this unauthorized use. 

As rendered service for domain creation, DNSAfrica installs the requested domain in the database of the DNS server 213.193.157.30 and the NS records will be pointed to the DNS servers you specify on the form. This is the only service rendered. It does not include a sale of the domain name as there is no notion of property on a domain. Future changes of DNS are free of charge. DNSAfrica will do its best effort to keep this DNS pointer, the delegation and the DNS running, but shall by no means bear any responsibility for any disruption of service as it may occur from time to time on the internet, or disruption of delegation. For each DNS server you specify as authoritative, you must have a DNS server up and running which is compliant with current RFC's and which is responding to domain name requests for your domain. We can delete a domain that does not resolve properly on your servers. 

Resellers have no contractual status with DNSAfrica and are normally not eligible for rebates. However, for an important bulk of registration, you can contact DNSAfrica.

By using a registration form or making use of a domain, or by using this website, the user agrees to comply with all the present and future policies of DNSAfrica. Litigation will only be solved through a legal procedure in a tribunal of our country. No foreign court has jurisdiction. Arbitral solution may however be accepted at DNSAfrica sole discretion via an established Intellectual Property Arbitrator, but the preferred default procedure is through a tribunal of our country, and should DNSAfrica decide to send the matter through a tribunal of our country, there will be no alternative. If you don't accept our policy, do not make use of our domains or our site, or surrender immediately your existing domains, and we will have no liability with you.

If you don't make any use of your domain, i.a. if it does not provide for DNS resolution for an extended period (more than & year), and if you do not give us notice that you want to keep the domain as dormant, we may delete the said domain.

Registering a domain and not paying it in due time will attract a 10 % fee as liquidated damages. 

Full change of registrant or change of admin/tech whois contacts all at the same time can only be made with a letter of authorisation from the main company's headquarters (with letterhead) and is considered as a change of registrant. For security purposes, DNSAfrica can require additional documents. This attracts renewal payment of minimum one year fee, if the domain expire in less than a year.

Any notification, document, invoice, reminder, ... e-mailed by us to the current whois contacts will be deemed as fully accepted one week after its issuance and mailing. If you oppose any notification, document, invoice, reminder,... you need to notify us immediately after it has been emailed or issued. 

Our correspondence, mailing, invoicing, whois, e-mail exchanges, ... are strictly private, confidential and privileged between us and our customer. No public posting is allowed. 

Any breach with our policy entitles DNSAfrica to jeopardize all other domains that the user has also registered. DNSAfrica has the right to rectify any information in the whois database that he finds incorrect, irrelevant or misleading. DNSAfrica can also delete or suspend any domain that the registrant does not keep according to our policy.

No compensation is due when a domain is used against this policy and subsequently deleted.

DNSAfrica never reimburses payments with one exception for credit card payments, being in case of fraud duly reported to the police. Any outstanding amount may be assigned to other domains.

We identify your requests for modification as legit when they are originating from the e-mail addresses that you indicated as admin/billing contacts when creating and modifying domains and that we keep on record in our whois database. Should these e-mail addresses be no longer available, we need to use alternate manual ways for identifying your requests as legit, with methods that we deem fit. Fees in the amount of EUR 100 will be charged for these manual identifications.

Please also read our disclaimers.