LANIC launches full domain management
The Lao National Internet Centre (LANIC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications officially launched full management and operation of Laos' internet top-level domain name, dot la (.la) yesterday.
Laos' internet top-level domain name dot.la (based on its country code) was recently brought back a few months ago, after years of being leased to a foreign company.
Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mr Bounsaleumsay Khennavong ( left ) presents the centre's new website address.
The launch was attended by more than 100 concerned officials in the information and communication technology sector (ICT).
Dot la is the Lao People's Democratic Republic or Laos country domain name. Its popularity has grown since it was officially launched back in 1996.
According to LANIC officials, over the years, the ministry has been training its staff, drawing up regulations and making other preparations in readiness for the full management and operation of the dot la domain once it was returned.
For overall development to commercialise the dot la domain name, the ministry has permitted local internet providers to provide services for .la.
In addition, the ministry has permitted a foreign dealer to provide services for foreign customers outside Laos.
However, the National Information Centre, which has been approved by ISO/IEC 21001;2013, not only manages the top-level domain name dot la, but also supplies cloud computing systems, services for co-location, web hosting, and will become an important infrastructure component for future e-government systems.
LANIC has restored full management, operations and other works related to ICT, which will also assist the government to drive socio-economic development plans to achieve its targets for the next five years (2016-2020), especially developing digital businesses which are able to connect to the region and internationally.
Globally, there are about 70,000 users of the .la domain name including hundreds of users in Laos, according to officials at the Lao National Internet Centre under the ministry.
Officials in charge are drawing up a plan to promote the use of .la, especially among local users.
The .la suffix is very popular in the United States as an abbreviation for the city of Los Angeles or the state of Louisiana. There are many websites and blogs that successfully use .la domains as a city top-level domain.
Laos is properly prepared to manage the domain and develop its ICT sector as a whole including the preparation of personnel, regulations and infrastructure.
The National Assembly recently passed the Information and Communication Technology Law while a prime ministerial decree and information and communication centre has also been promulgated, which will be important tools to develop the ICT sector in Laos.
The ministry has also completed installing equipment to centralise communications management through the Lao National Internet Centre.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 24, 2017)