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.SO launch date is November 1

Kevin Murphy, September 6, 2010, 11:42:53 (UTC), Domain Registries

.SO Registry, the manager of Somalia’s .so country-code top-level domain, has named November 1 as the opening date for sunrise registrations.
The launch plan has been published here. Until the weekend, the organization has just said that it would open in autumn.
The ccTLD is to be unrestricted, along the same lines as .co, but the launch schedule is a little different to the one offered by .CO Internet, with no phases running in parallel.
Trademark holders can file sunrise applications, which will cost a minimum of $90 for a three-year registration, for the month of November. Domains with multiple applications will be auctioned in the first half of December.
Landrush applications will run from December 16 to February 9 at $10 per year. Contested domains will be auctioned February 10 to 28. General availability is slated for March 1, 2011, also with a registry fee of $10.
Other than that, there’s scant information currently available on the .SO Registry web site. Notably, there’s currently nothing about UDRP or other dispute resolution procedures.
The ccTLD has been delegated to Somalia’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications since April 2009, but the registry is reportedly being handled by GMO Registry, the Japanese company already tapped to handle Canon’s .canon and its own .shop application.

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Comments (8)

  1. Any predictions on how this will turn out?
    While I do wish them the best, I think it’s unfortunate they’re launching just after the .CO tsunami.

  2. Kevin says:

    So, is this the pricing to registrars or to end users? 10 bucks is cheap to end users if that’s the case.

  3. Showfom says:

    .so domain hacks list:

  4. […] same policies regarding the sunrise, landrush and general availability phases of the launch, which kicks off November […]

  5. Bob Monkhouse says:

    Who cares?

  6. Bob Monkhouse says:

    What ever!

  7. Bob Monkhouse says:

    domains are .so gay

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