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Industry: Registry.
Country: Laos
Email: admincontact [at]

The Lao National Internet Center (LANIC) is the sponsoring organization for the .la ccTLD, representing the Lao People's Democratic Republic (commonly known as Laos).[1] It also manages the internationalized domain for Laos, .ລາວ.[2] The organization provides administrative and technical registry functions.


In 1996, management of the .la domain was initially delegated with a specific employee within the Lao government as the administrative contact.[3] After forming LANIC in 2002, the government of Laos requested and was granted redelegation of the .la ccTLD.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag LANIC joined the ccNSO in 2019.[4][5][6]

.la and .ລາວ

The .la domain is an Open Use ccTLD. It has been marketed as a "location hack" for "Los Angeles, Latin America or Louisiana" since late 2000.[3] In 2013, GoDaddy became involved in a similar marketing effort, this time specific to Los Angeles.[7] During that renewed marketing effort, the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise registered "," as a prelude to the playoff series between themselves and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014.[8][9]

The .ລາວ domain completed the IDN Fast Track evaluation process in 2018,[10] and was delegated to LANIC on January 10, 2020.[11]


  1. IANA Root Database - .la
  2. IANA Delegation Report - .ລາວ, January 10, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 IANA Redelegation Report - .la, December 11, 2002
  4. ccNSO - .la joins the ccNSO, April 3, 2019.
  5. ccNSO Applications Archive - .la, March 23, 2019
  6. There is a much older application for ccNSO membership, from just after the formation of the ccNSO in 2003, that does not appear to have been accepted at the time.
  7. Domain Name Wire - .la gets GoDaddy's Marketing Power, July 8, 2013.
  9. Domain Name Wire - gets about 100,000 pageviews in two weeks, August 15, 2013
  10. - Completed Fast Track String Evaluations
  11. IANA Delegation Report - .ລາວ, January 10, 2020.