.af is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Afghanistan. It is administered by AFGNIC, a service of the UNDP and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. As of August 26, 2020, .af was used by 5960 domains.[1]

.af
Dotaf.png
Introduced1997
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryAFGNIC
SponsorAfghanistan Ministry of Communications
Intended useEntities connected with  Afghanistan
Actual useGets some use in Afghanistan
Registered domains5960 (26 August 2020)[1]
Registration restrictionsThird-level names have restrictions based on which second-level name they are beneath.
StructureRegistrations are taken directly at the second level or at the third level beneath various second-level subdomains
DocumentsICANN MoU; Policies
Dispute policiesDispute resolution procedures
Registry websitenic.af

Registration is made directly at the second level, or on the third level beneath various categorized subdomains at the second level. Third-level domains have restrictions based on which second-level domain they are registered under. Registration on the second level is unrestricted, but more expensive. All fees are higher for international registrants.

The .af domain was delegated to Abdul Razeeq in 1997, a year after Taliban fighters had captured Kabul and founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. NetNames of London initially maintained the domain following an agreement with the IANA.[2] Razeeq later disappeared, halting some services. The domain was reopened on March 10, 2003 as a joint program between UNDP and the Afghan Ministry of Communications.[3]

Second-level domainsEdit

  • .gov.af
  • .com.af
  • .org.af
  • .net.af
  • .edu.af
  • .tv.af
  • .media.af[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Domain Count Statistics for TLDs". domaintools.com. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  2. ^ "IANA Report on Redelegation of the .af Top-Level Domain".
  3. ^ Pitman, Tom (8 March 2003). "Afghanistan to Launch Internet Domain". ourmidland.com. Midland Daily News. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dot AF New Announcement". nic.af. Retrieved 26 August 2020.

External linksEdit