The self-declared African country of Somaliland, internationally considered to be part of Somalia, has sent a request to Sierra Leone asking for it to consider sharing their ccTLD, .sl, according to a report in The Somaliland Chronicle.
According to the report, on 21 January, “the Minister of Telecommunication and Technology, Dr. Abdiweli Soufi Jibril sent a Letter of Intent to the Sierra Leone Minister of Information and Communication Mr. Mohamed Rahman Swaray asking for help and collaboration as well as the use of the top-level domain .sl which is registered for the government of Sierra Leone.”
“We, the Ministry of information and Communication Technologies of Somaliland, would like to submit this Letter of Intent (Lol) to acquire your support and collaboration in the ICT industry, including having a commercial partnership with your esteemed office regarding the internet Top Level Domain.” Dr. Abdiweli wrote.
There is obviously plenty of disharmony between Somalia and Somaliland, and Dr. Abdiweli, Somaliland’s Minister of Technology and Telecommunication promised “during his confirmation hearing at the Parliament to move Somaliland to its own domain and issued a directive prohibiting the use of the .so TLD that belongs to neighbouring Somalia.”
“In addition, the Minister promised to get Somaliland its own telephone country code, making Somaliland a technological hub among other lofty goals if confirmed by parliament.”
The Somaliland Chronicle asks if Dr. Abdiweli is familiar with how a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operates.
Additionally, if Somaliland were to become independent, they would be looking to have their own ccTLD. But all the obvious ones are allocated. In addition to .sl, .sa is the ccTLD for Saudi Arabia, .sd (Sudan), .si (Slovenia), .sm (San Marino), .sn (Senegal) and .so (Somalia).
“According to sources present at the latest ICT Conference held by the Ministry of Information and Technology where the Somaliland Government Portal was unveiled described the new portal as ‘a disappointment and nothing more than Word Press site with many links that lead to nowhere.’”
“Sources at the Ministry of Communication and Technology who spoke to Somaliland Chronicle on condition of anonymity state that the new government portal cost more than 120,000 US dollars and includes the purchase of 15,000 US dollars worth of Internet Protocol addresses.”
To read this report in full in The Somaliland Chronicle, go to: https://somalilandchronicle.com/2021/01/19/minister-of-telecommunication-and-technology-asked-sierra-leone-for-ict-help-and-permission-to-use-its-sl-top-level-domain/