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Country: Somalia
Continent: Africa
Capital: Mogadishu
Location: 2°1'N 45°21'E
Area: 637657
Population: 10085638
Time Zone: EAT (UTC+3)
Calling Code: 252



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Overview
IDN capable: No
Handle Updates: Yes
Registration Period: 1-10 years
Autorenew Grace Period: 44 days
Deletion Timeframe: 44 days after expiration date
Registration System: Realtime
WHOIS-Server: whois.nic.so
WHOIS-Update: 2-3 hours
WHOIS-Privacy:
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy
DNSSEC: No

Contents

Zone Info

.SO is the official country code Toplevel Domain (ccTLD) of Somalia.

Important: New Registration Policies:


We informed you in the RRPproxy newsletter #2015-16 that the .SO registry system will be migrated to the Somali Network Information Centre (SONIC) on July 8 and that new registrations are currently frozen. Now, we would like to share with you the following updates related to the migration.

New Registration Policies: Please be informed that all new registrations will be governed by the new .SO Domain Name Registration Policies (version 1.1) which can be downloaded from http://www.nic.so/policies/. Summary of changes from the previous version:

  • Article 5.13: Jurisdiction has been updated to Somalia
  • Article 5.5.2 introduces a nexus requirement of the registrant having a bona fide connection to Somalia. It also stresses the registry’s intolerance towards adult and gambling content.

Registrars and resellers are responsible to inform their customers of these policies. We will update the .SO appendix accordingly.


Zone Use

Any companies or individuals who are interested in registering a .SO Domain.


Characters

  • Minimum: 3
  • Maximum: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD


Domain Registration

.SO domains can be registered online through webinterface or API.

[COMMAND]
(required)                
command         = adddomain
domain          = ..... .so
ownercontact0   = 
admincontact0   = 
techcontact0    = 
billingcontact0 = 
nameserver0     = 
nameserver1     = 
                
EOF


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Domain Modification

Trade

Registrant changes for .SO domains can be done online via api or webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)              
command       = ModifyDomain
domain        = yourdomain.so
ownercontact0 = [new owner handle]
              
EOF


Domain Renewal

.SO domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.

[COMMAND]
(required)           
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.so
period     = [renew period]
expiration = [current year of expiration]
           
EOF


Deletion Process

.SO Domains can be deleted online through the Delete Command.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = DeleteDomain
domain  = yourdomain.so
        
EOF


Restrictions

Each domain may have up to 13 nameservers at any point during its lifetime. Domains with no nameserver will have an "inactive" standard EPP status, which means that it will not be published in the DNS zone file. This will not however affect its appearance in the WHOIS database.

Restricted domain names can be found here Reserved_Restricted_Premium.

Registry shall be entitled at all times to cancel the registration of a Domain Name or delete same following receipt of a written instruction from the Government of the Republic of Somalia, indicating that said Domain Name is considered defamatory, contrary to public order or morality or otherwise not allowed under the laws of the Republic of Somalia. The Domain Name Holder expressly agrees and accepts that he or she shall not be entitled to claim any compensation or refund from the Registry when the latter implements the Government instruction referred to above.


Transfers

.SO Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.
Upon successfully transfering a domain, it is automatically renewed for one year. The registration period is extended by one year. A domain can not be transfered within the first 60 days following the registration.

Transfer procedure

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = TransferDomain
domain  = domain.so
action  = request
auth    = .....
        
EOF

Transfer notes

  • A .SO Domain Transfer has to be initiated with a so-called Authorisation Code, which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.
  • A successful transfer will result in a one year extension of the registration period.
  • Transfers will auto-Ack after five days if the losing Registrar has taken no action.
  • While in pendingTransfer, the losing Registrars may Ack (approve) or Nack (deny) the transfer request.
  • Valid transfer requests will result in the domain being place in pendingTransfer status for up to 5 days.

Transfer time

  • 5 days


Restores

Restores are possible. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = restoredomain
domain  = yourdomain.so
        
EOF



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