IntroducedNovember 15, 1995
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
SponsorMinistry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies
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 websitewww.dns.ao

.ao is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Angola. It was originally administered by the college of engineering of the University of Agostinho Neto before being redelegated to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies.


New Registry (DNS.AO)

On 17 June 2019, commercial registration of domains was relaunched,[1] with a single registrar approved for issuance, the government-run Serviços Públicos Electrónicos do Governo de Angola.[2] 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.[3]

Original Registry (Reg.AO)

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[4] using the subdomain. It also said that registrations were only taken at the third level. Registration cost was US$300.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Massificação do domínio .AO". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  2. ^ "Lista de Registrars Licenciados". www.dns.ao. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  3. ^ "Foreign Customer". www.dns.ao. Archived from the original on 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  4. ^ "Google Angola". Zorgloob (in French). 18 May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Google.it.ao est semble-t-il le premier et le seul nom de domaine enregistré en .it.ao ! [Google.it.ao is apparently the first and only domain name registered in .it.ao!]
  5. ^ "AfriDNS - African Domain Names". afridns.org. Retrieved 2021-08-09.