NiRA achieved 24,788 domain names in 2017

Sunday Folayan, President NiRA

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) said that 24,788 domain names were registered in the country’s code domain name as at 2017 bringing the total to 101,695, up from 76,907 names recorded in 2016.

Mr Sunday Folayan, President of NIRA, made this known in a statement made available in Lagos on Friday.

Folayan said that in December 2017, 5,547 domain names were recorded, showing a decrease of 753, as against 6,300 domain names recorded in November.

According to him, of the 5,547 domain names in December, 3,560 were new registration, 1,917 were domain name renewal, while 70 were transfer of domain names.

He said that of the 6,300 domain names recorded in November, 3,974 were fresh registration, 2,280 were for renewal and 46 were for transfer.

“We noted a slowdown in fresh registrations and renewal of .ng domain names from November to December 2017.

“The general slowdown could be attributed to many reasons, including consumer spending slowdown and focusing on essentials.

“The total number of active .ng domain names in December 2016 was 76,907 while by December 2017, the number of active domain names had grown to 101,695,’’ Folayan said.

He said there was the need for Nigerians to adopt the Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), which is the ”dotng (.ng)”.

The NIRA president said that .ng was the official ccTLD approved for Nigeria by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the Internet and was like Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.

He said that the availability of names was better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) like .com, .org.

Folayan said that hosting businesses on the .ng would help to support the Nigerian economy and provide jobs for local Information Technology professionals.

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