.ls

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.ls
Introduced 1993
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Lesotho Network Information Centre
Sponsor Lesotho Communications Authority
Intended use Entities connected with  Lesotho
Actual use Gets some use in Lesotho
Registration restrictions None in .co.ls; various restrictions in other subdomains
Structure New registrations are only taken at the third level, below one of the existing second-level labels

.ls is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Lesotho.

Second-Level Domains[edit]

It is currently not possible to register a new second-level domain in .ls, however a process for opening up the domain and accrediting new registrars is underway and this situation is expect to change.

New registrations are only taken at the third level, below one of the existing second level domains. Second-level domains that have active registrations are listed below.

Second Level Domains within .ls
Domain Intended Purpose Established Registrar Website
.ac.ls Academic or educational organisations 2000-11-11 National University of Lesotho -
.co.ls Commercial entities, companies 1999-05-31 Leo (PTY) LTD co.ls
.gov.ls Government departments 1999-05-1 Ministry of Communications, Science & Technology -
.net.ls Network infrastructure 2000-11-11 National University of Lesotho -
.nul.ls National University of Lesotho 2000-11-11 National University of Lesotho nul.ls
.org.ls Non-commercial entities 1999-05-31 Leo (PTY) LTD org.ls
.parliament.ls Parliament of Lesotho 2005-10-17 Ministry of Communications, Science & Technology -

There are two private second-level domains that exist for historical reasons, .quadrant.ls and .nul.ls. The latter is used by the National University of Lesotho, the zones for network infrastructure .net.ls and .quadrant.ls do not host any sites.

History[edit]

The .ls domain was established and first delegated on 13 January 1993, with the National University of Lesotho as the sponsoring authority. Initially, Rhodes University acted as the registry and hosted the primary name server, a situation that continued until September 2012.

In April 2012, the sponsoring authority changed from the National University of Lesotho to the Lesotho Communications Authority, the national communications regulator, in line with the newly promulgated Communications Act (No. 4 of 2012). In January 2016, a non-profit company, the Lesotho Network Information Centre (LsNIC) was established to take over registry operations. Re-delegation of the zone was completed by IANA in March 2017.

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