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Nigeria Hits 60,000 .Ng Domain Names – NIRA

Posted: Nov 18, 2015 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has said that in total, the number of registered .ng domain names in the country has reached 60,000. This was disclosed in the monthly domain report obtained by New Telegraph at the weekend. According to the report, the domain name registration in October 2015 was higher compared to the registrations in the past three months of this year.

The renewal rate hovered around the same figure as the previous month. In general, from January to October 2015, 18,292 new domain names were registered, 12,612 domain names were renewed and, in all, 30,904 domain names were registered and renewed.

“In total, there are about 60,000 active and inactive domain names in NiRA database,” the report said. According to a breakdown of the report, From January to September 2015, Nigeria recorded 27,454 domain names, inclusive of new registrations and renewals at both second and third levels.

Monthly analysis showed that from January to July 2014, we had 11,076 new registrations and 7,280 renewals. So, for the period January to July 2014, there were 18,356 registrations and renewals.

A breakdown of the report showed that in January, there were 1,542 registered domain names, 1,070 renewed and 41 transferred. In February, NiRA recorded 1,512 registered, 1,048 renewed and 45 transferred domain names.

In March, the figures increased to 1,805 registered, 1,429 renewed and 67 transferred .ng domain names while of in April, registration declined to 1,509; renewal to 1, 371 and transfer stood at 63.

Also in May, the number of registered domain names was 1,511 while renewed and transferred domains declined sharply to 1,237 and 32 respectively. The trend got a fillip as registrations increased to 2,087; renewal reached 1,268 with 54 transfers in June.

The month of July came with additional vigour as registered domain names hit 2,260; renewed domain names stood at 1,282 with 33 transfers. In August, domain name registration stood at 1,990, renewal stood at 1,178 with 40 transfer domain names.

However, the month of September witnessed a decline in the number of domain names registration, as only 1,975 domain names were registered with 1,380 renewals with 33 transferred domain names.

In October, the number of registered 2101 renewed ones stood at 1,349 while transferred domains names were 73. The .ng is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), which is the nation’s identity on the web.

Meanwhile, speaking with New Telegraph at the 2015 West African Convergence Conference in Lagos, NIRA President, Mr. Sunday Afolayan, stressed the need to ensure Internet diffusion and convergence by leveraging on populating the .ng domain name.

According to him, the Internet convergence is the peaceful and efficient coexistence of voice, data and video communication within the same network, the Internet. Afolayan maintained that in enhancing Internet diffusion, government agencies such as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) are setting up tele-centres, mobile Internet units and knowledge access venues, to reach those in the rural areas.

“The Communications Ministry has made plans to lower the cost of Internet access. The banking sector has experienced innovations including e-banking and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) access. Banking has been a major driver of Computing and Internet diffusion.

He explained that with the rate of convergence of the Internet of the world, local contents from all over the world are being rapidly uploaded and promoted. “Nigerians need to join the world to upload our local contents to project Nigerian images online worldwide, advertising Nigerian culture, products, stories, and so on.

This will help in educating the world about Nigeria, Nigerian people, our culture, our rich and natural resources,” he added. The NIRA president noted that in response to Internet convergence and local content development, the immediate past Minister for Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, was a key advocate of broadband access and convergence.

“On September 20, 2012 and under her watch, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the Presidential Committee to evolve a national broadband strategy and roadmap,” he added. He, however, queried that Nigerian contents were still very scanty on the web, saying “Nigeria should look at monetising its contents. Do we have enough contents to promote Naijatube?”

According to him, “we need to identify key content generators in Nigeria and make Internet accessfree for such Nigerians while agencies such as the Copyright Commission and National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) must begin to look at how to derive more revenue from Intellectual Properties in Nigeria.”

He noted that NIRA, as the manager of ng domain names, had taken it upon itself to help promote the use of .ng domain names and contents, which would project the Nigerian identity in cyberspace and thus encourage the upload of local contents to the Internet.

“Over the years, NiRA has canvassed for the uptake of .ng domain names, setup of website hosting companies in Nigeria, development of website designers, application developers, and wealth creation, among others.”