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South Sudan secures internet country domain


August 10, 2011 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Wednesday announced that it has been assigned ’.ss’ as its internet domain code and ’SSD’ as the alpha-3 numeric code.

The undersecretary of the ministry of telecommunications and postal services announced on Wednesday that the code used for internet domains will bear the suffix ’.ss’. For instance, a web site belonging to the Presidency of South Sudan will have the address www.presidency.gov.ss.

The code was assigned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“Code is reserved and used by independent or sovereign states. All independent countries have their own Internet domain codes. For, instance, the code for the Sudan is ’.sd’; Uganda’s is ’.ug’; while Kenya’s is ’.ke’”, he explained.

He said that public institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals will now be able to register and use appropriate types of domain names which indicate clearly that they operate from South Sudan.

He explained that the alpha-3 code ’SSD’, which has also been asigned to South Sudan, is used to mark and identify passports and national currency to facilitate international financial transactions.

“The need and issuance of the international code is very important in many ways. It is use for international police [Interpol], civil aviation and meteorological functions” said Juma, thanking the International Organization for Standardization for expediting the issuance of the codes.

He also revealed that the government has passed a resolution that all subscribers of telephony services should register their SIM cards.

Compulsory SIM registration has been the subject of controversy in other countries where telephone networks have allegedly been used for political gain and to monitor citizens.

Juma said GemTel will soon begin using 097 rather than the current 047 that is being used, as it belongs to Northern Uganda. Khartoum previously refused to give GemTel a Sudanese network code.

He said that the process of migrating from 249 to 211 is on course. He announced that the deadline for the changeover is 15 December 2011 when the use of 249 will be terminated. He also reported that work is ongoing on the country’s international gateway.

He explained that from the 15 December 2011, all network operators will be required to route their traffic through the gateway at Gumbo on the outskirts of Juba. He said that engineers from Erickson are currently working with their counterparts in South Sudan to set up the gateway.

He informed that South Sudan has applied for other international standards including the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to enable the country to receive and send parcels internationally.


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  • 11 August 2011 06:45, by A.k

    I would like to pass my congratulations to Ministry of Telecommunications for having attained top level domain for RSS. As a student of computer science, i am pretty impressed with the professionalism that is showed by the Ministry. So far it’s the only Ministry that seems to be making headway for RSS to fully enjoy what ICT can do to a country and the various services offered by it.
    Next they should look into ways of tapping on the various fiber optics cables around RSS. Either from Khartoum or East Africa.
    Big up! ministry of telecommunications and all it’s employees

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    • 11 August 2011 18:38, by choldit

      Nearly is what is needed but I am concerned about the registeration of sim cards and the possibility that it will be like the way Ethiopian Govt is doing in controling the communication networks which amounts to poor communication. All these are in protext of matter of security.

      Why shouldn’t we exploit other ventures rather than old fashion of snooping/eavesdroping on civilians installations?

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  • 11 August 2011 09:42, by Madingthith

    Thank so much for launching of South Sudan Internet Domain code which will more easily compare to the Sudan internet Domain code which was control by Saudi Arabia.

    Thank that is a good move

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    • 11 August 2011 13:28, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Thanks so far for your attempt.However, you shuold be vigilent not to abuse or dump rubbish materials on the internet of South Sudan.

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      • 11 August 2011 16:33, by Zeki

        They launch quickly coz it as no seniority, honourable, h excell. Look at the passport procedures they complicating it badily, diplomatic,special, normal.

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  • 13 August 2011 02:28, by Cadaai ?o?

    Hello! Fans.

    This website becomes scams. Why I say so? Because this people change change sentences to from either postive or negative. For example, "I don’t need that" they will change it to "I do need that" in postive of their interests.

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