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Industry: Registry
Founded: 2016
Country: Lesotho
Email: lsadmin [at]
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The Lesotho Network Information Centre (LsNIC) is the sponsor and registry operator for Lesotho's .ls ccTLD.[1] LsNIC joined the ccNSO in July 2018.[2][3]


The .ls domain was delegated to the National University of Lesotho in 1993.[4] Initially, technical registry operations were handled by the University of Rhodes in South Africa.[4] Registration was limited to the third level under specific second-level domains.[4] In 2012, legislation passed which gave the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) the responsibility of managing, or designating an entity to manage, the .ls domain.[5] The LCA was the registry operator for four years, until LsNIC was formed in January of 2016.[5] Technical operations were shifted to LsNIC in 2017, and in 2018 management of the domain was transferred to LsNIC.[5]


The .ls domain is an Open Use ccTLD. Registration is available without restriction at the top level and under the second level domains,,,,, and[6] The second level domains and are restricted to government and higher education institutions, respectively. [4][7]


  1. IANA Root Database - .ls
  2. ccNSO - .LS Joins as Newest Member of the ccNSO, July 31, 2018
  3. ccNSO Applications Archive - .ls
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 ccNSO Member Profile - .ls
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 IANA Transfer Report - .ls, June 5, 2018
  6. LsNIC - Domain Registration Policy (PDF)
  7. It is unclear from LsNIC's posted policy whether is similarly restricted, but it seems likely.