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Public consultation on the change of sponsoring organization for .ls ccTLD

Lesotho Network Information Centre (LsNIC), is a company established by Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) to manage Lesotho’s Internet domain names, which is to act as the trustee for .ls ccTLD.  LsNIC is seeking comments from the public on changing the role of sponsoring organization from National University of Lesotho (NUL) to LsNIC.

ccTLD is an Internet top-level domain generally used or reserved for a country, sovereign state, or dependent territory identified with a country code. For Lesotho it is .ls, and it was first established and delegated in 1993 to NUL. Thus NUL was also given the authority to manage the .ls. This means that all the changes and modifications on .ls were managed or authorized by NUL. Moreover, the technical management was given to Rhodes University in South Africa due to its advanced technical ability at the time.

In 2012, the Communications Act (No. 4 of 2012) section 5 (1) brought about changes. It provides that: “the Authority shall, in relation to the communications sector, have power to designate an entity to administer Internet domain names”. In line with the Act, in 2016 LCA established LsNIC to manage .ls ccTLD.

The roles of LsNIC include among others:

  • Administration and management of .ls domain namespace and compliance with the international best practices on administration.
  • License and regulate registrars.
  • Develop and publish guidelines on the procedures for domain name registrations.
  • Enhance public awareness on the economic and commercial benefits of domain name registration.
  • May and must, when requested by the minister, make recommendations in relation to policy on any matter relating to .ls domain name space.

The general public is hereby informed that:

    • The technical management of the .ls domain has already been transferred from Rhodes University to LsNIC. The transfer was completed on the 31st March 2017.
    • The Administrative Management of the .ls domain has already been transferred from NUL administrative contact to LCA contact. The transfer was completed on the 9th August 2012.

LsNIC now seeks an overall authority on the .ls domain and to be designated a sponsoring organization for .ls. LsNIC invites comments from member of the public on this proposal. Comments may be send to: lsadmin@nic.ls or lsadmin@lca.org.ls by the 7th February 2018.

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