Somaliland’s ministry for Communication and Technology has banned Somalia’s top-level internet domain (dotSO) from its regions.
In a statement released on Sunday, the secessionist region ordered the learning institutions, local and government organizations operating in Somaliland to quit using dotSO domain which is manned by Somali federal government.
“Whoever uses Internet Country Code Top-Level Domain (cc dotSO) including universities, companies, local and government organizations that are registered ( to operate) within Somaliland, should stop using it (dot SO)” the statement reads.
The region went further to issue a month-long ultimatum asking the websites operating in its region to change their domain from dotSO.
“It is recommended that the owners of websites (currently) using dotSOM to change their ( Somalia’s) domain to privately owned domains within 30 days, with the effect from 12/3/18,” the statement ordered.
The statement by Somaliland authorities is a protest against Somalia’s move to regain the control of its top-level internet domain for the first time since 1990s when the country’s central government was overthrown.
Early last week, the federal government of Somalia officially took control of the domain which had been under the control of private company.
Officials from National Communication Authority had signed the handing over agreement with officials from Cloud Registry Company which provides innovative registry platform for the management and operation of TLDs.