The Sunrise Period for .SO, the ccTLD for the Republic of Somalia, will commence on 1 November and continue until the end of the month. The Somalian government decided to open up the ccTLD and it was redelegated to The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) in April of 2009, and will be available to the public for Open Registration on 1 March 2011.
The Sunrise period will be for legitimate brand owners who wish to have their trademarks registered as domain names and will run from 1 to 30 November. Following this, any domain names with more than one valid application will go through a Sunrise auction at Pool.com. This process will run from 1 to 15 December. Sunrise domain names may be registered for a minimum of three years and a maximum of ten years.
The Sunrise period is followed by the Landrush phase, which will last from 16 December until 9 February 2011. Applications will be accepted for domains that were not registered or applied for during the Sunrise period and that are not reserved by the registry. Domains with more than one valid Landrush application will be auctioned at Pool.com from 10 to 28 February. All Landrush domains are able to be registered for from one to ten years.
Registrations on a first-come, first-served basis for all remaining domain names will commence on 1 March 2011 with all domains being able to be registered for from one to ten years.
The technical operator of .SO is the Japanese company GMO Registry while the “sponsoring organisation” of the ccTLD is the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Somalia.
GMO registry will be donating a portion of the operating profit to provide necessary aide for Somalia, especially children.
.SO domain names must be made up of a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 63 characters (excluding the extension). Only the Latin alphabet letters a-z, digits, and hyphens will be accepted. Domain names beginning or ending with hyphens, as well as domain names with hyphens on the third and fourth position are prohibited. The policy for the TLD .SO is liberal, there are no restrictions concerning the registrants, no local presence service is needed.