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Introduced 1995
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry University of Agostinho Neto (College of Engineering)
Sponsor University of Agostinho Neto
Intended use Entities connected with  Angola
Actual use Gets some use in Angola
Registration restrictions Limited to registrants within Angola, except for .it.ao domain for international institutions
Structure Registrations are at third level beneath second level labels; there appear to also be some direct second-level registrations
Registry Website Dns.ao

.ao is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Angola. It is administered by the college of engineering of the University of Agostinho Neto.

The registry Web site, as of 2015, has not been modified since December 2001, and consists of a single page in Portuguese. One of the few links on the page is to a document in Microsoft Word format, in English, which gives registration rules for the domain which may not be up-to-date; they state that registration by entities outside Angola is to be done only in the .it.ao subdomain. The search engine Google seems to be the first .it.ao entity[1] using the subdomain ".it.ao". It also says that registrations are only taken at the third level (when a Google search shows some sites exist at second-level .ao names).


  1. ^ (in French) Google first to use .it.ao : Article of Zorgloob.com about Google Angola.

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