IT WORLD NIRA reg­is­ters 2,767 do­main names in June

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria In­ter­net Reg­is­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NIRA), Mr Sun­day Fo­layan yes­ter­day said 2,767 do­main names were reg­is­tered last month.

Fo­layan whose state­ment was ob­tained by the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in La­gos said there was an in­crease of 79 reg­is­tered do­main names in June when com­pared to the 2,688 reg­is­tered in May.

It said 1,686 do­main names were re­newed in June, not­ing that there was an in­crease of 163 re­newals when com­pared to the 1,523 re­newed in the month of May.

The as­so­ci­a­tion trans­ferred 96 do­main names, show­ing an in­crease of 19, com­pared to the 77 trans­ferred in May.

He said, “The do­main name reg­is­tra­tion in May was high com­pared to the regis­tra­tions in the past three months of this year. The re­newal rate also showed an in­crease in the past two months.

“The to­tal num­ber of do­main names reg­is­tra­tion from Jan­uary to June 2016 is 14,966 regis­tra­tions and 9,271 re­newals.

“It is in­ter­est­ing and re­fresh­ing to wit­ness such growth. The re­newal rate is also en­cour­ag­ing with the in­crease in the past two months,’’ the state­ment said.

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

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

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

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