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IntroducedNovember 15, 1995
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryUniversity of Agostinho Neto (College of Engineering)
SponsorUniversity of Agostinho Neto
Intended useEntities connected with  Angola
Actual useGets some use in Angola
Registered domains3,000 (January 2020)[1]
Registration restrictionsLimited to registrants within Angola
StructureRegistrations are at third level beneath second level labels; there appear to also be some direct second-level registrations
Registry website[1]

.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.


New Registry (DNS.AO)[edit]

On 17 June 2019, commercial registration of domains was relaunched,[2] with a single registrar approved for issuance, the government-run Serviços Públicos Electrónicos do Governo de Angola.[3] Registration cost was reduced to 8000 Kwanzas per year. By January 2020, 2500 new registrations were received, six times more than in the previous five years. Registrations from outside Angola are not yet permitted.[4]

Original Registry (Reg.AO)[edit]

In January 2019, the old registry's website has not been modified since December 2001, and consisted of a single page in Portuguese. One of the few links on the page was to a document in Microsoft Word format, in English, which gave registration rules for the domain; they stated that registration by entities outside Angola was to be done only in the .it.ao subdomain. The search engine Google seems to be the first .it.ao entity[5] using the subdomain ".it.ao". It also said that registrations were only taken at the third level (but a Google search showed some sites existed at second-level .ao names). Registration cost was US$300.[6]


  1. ^ "Massificação do domínio .AO". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  2. ^ "Massificação do domínio .AO". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  3. ^ "Lista de Registrars Licenciados". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  4. ^ "Foreign Customer". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  5. ^ (in French) Google first to use .it.ao Archived 2012-05-30 at WebCite : Article of Zorgloob.com about Google Angola.
  6. ^ "AfriDNS - African Domain Names". afridns.org. Retrieved 2021-08-09.

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