Somali Network Information Centre (SONIC)

The Somali Network Information Centre (SONIC) is an essential organization that serves as the registry for .SO Internet Domain Names. As the designated registry, SONIC is responsible for maintaining the database of names registered in the .so country code Top Level Domain. This crucial role allows SONIC to administer the domain name space for Somalia's country code (ccTLD) of .SO. By doing so, SONIC ensures the effective management of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace in the best interest of Somalia and the global internet communities.

The .so ccTLD, which represents Somalia’s internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD), was officially re-launched on November 1, 2010, after a significant hiatus. This re-launch was made possible by the efforts of the .SO Registry, which operates under the regulation of Somalia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Accredited registrars from around the world played a pivotal role in the successful relaunch of the .so domain, making it accessible to individuals and organizations globally.

On March 9, 2018, SONIC became an entity regulated by Somalia’s telecom regulator, The National Communications Authority (NCA). This regulatory oversight ensures that SONIC operates in compliance with the country’s telecommunications policies and regulations. By aligning with the NCA, SONIC enhances its ability to serve the Somali internet community and contribute to the development of the nation’s digital infrastructure.

SONIC’s role as the registry for .SO Internet Domain Names is vital in promoting the growth and accessibility of the .so country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). By upholding the public interest of Somalia and the global internet communities, SONIC plays a crucial role in ensuring the effective management of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace. Through its dedication to serving the Somali internet community and contributing to the advancement of Somalia’s digital landscape, SONIC is actively shaping the future of the nation’s online presence.


To manage, operate and promote .so ccTLD bymaintaining and promoting the operational stability and utility of the .so and ensuring reliable and secure registry infrastructure and database as well as affordable domain names.


To be among the best reputable and reliable registries in the world.


SONIC is mandated to

  • Comply with international best practice in administration and management of the all .so namespace in compliance with international best practice
  • Become the .so domain administrative contact as well as technical contact;
  • Administer the .so ccTLD and its Second Level Domains;
  • Enhance public awareness on the economic and commercial benefits of Domain Name Registration
  • Publish guidelines on the requirements and procedures for domain name registration
  • Represent .so for all International forums
  • Comply with all global ICANN Internet policies and help in their development.