Association Registers 2,101 .NG Domain Names in October

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) on Wednesday said 2,101 .ng domain names were registered in October.

The President of NIRA, Mr Sunday Folayan, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos.

The statement said there was an increase of 126 in the registration in the month when compared with 1,975 registered in September.

According to the statement, 1,349 domain names were renewed in October, showing a decrease of 31 renewals when compared with 1,380 in September.

It said the association transferred 73 domain names, indicating an increase of 40 as against 33 transferred in September.

``The domain name registration in October 2015 was higher compared to those in the past three months of the 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 so, in total, 30,904 domain names were registered and renewed.

``In total there are about 60,000 active and inactive domain names in NIRA database,’’ the statement said.

It noted 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 the statement, the availability of names was better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic top-level domain (gTLD) like .com, .org.

``With the .ng, our primary DNS servers are secured and locally managed with multiple cast servers located around the world,’’ it said.

The statement said that hosting businesses on the .ng would help to support the Nigerian economy and provide jobs for local Information Technology (IT) professionals.