NIRA registers 1,805 .ng domain names




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LAGOS – Mrs Mary Uduma, the of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) on Wednesday said that 1,805 .ng domain names were registered as at March 2015.

Uduma made this known in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The statement said that there was an increase in the registration, renewal and transfer of .ng domain names in March, when compared to the 1,512 registered in February 2015.

According to her, 1,429 domain names were renewed in March 2015, as there was an increase of 381 renewals when compared to the 1,048 in February 2015.
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It said that the association transferred 67 domain names, showing an increase of 22, compared to the 45 transferred in February 2015.

The statement also said that a total of 3,234 domain names were registered and renewed for the month.

”The renewal of domain names at the second level contributed to the increase in the renewals.

”If you recall NIRA opened up for domain names registration at second level in March 2014 and some of these fell due for renewal.

“We are expectant of increased growth in the .ng domain name activities.

”With more appreciation of the Identity on the Internet, as the year progresses, more activities will be noted within the domain name industry.

”With increased public interest, greater awareness drive and some outlined outreach programmes, Nigeria is positioned for growth in this business this year,” the statement said.

The NIRA president said that there was no doubt that the numbers would increase drastically in 2015.

The statement said that .ng (like our currency, the Naira and the +234 for country code) was the official Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), approved country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Nigeria.

According to her, the availability of names is better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic top-level domain (gTLD) like .com, .org.

It added that with the .ng domain name, branding and geo targeting of local content to the Nigerian market would be made easier.

”With the .ng, our DNS servers are secured and locally managed with multiple cast servers located around the world,” the statement said.

It added that hosting businesses on the .ng would help to support the Nigerian economy and provide for local Information Technology (IT) professionals. (NAN)
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