Nigeria’s .ng domain grows by 24% in 10 months
The registration of Nigerian domain name, .ng country code toplevel domain, grew by 24 per cent in ten months to reach 128,078 in October 2018.
Analyses of the latest data obtained from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association on Friday showed that the number of .ng domain names increased by 24,982 from January to October this year.
In January 2018, the statistics showed that 103,096 .ng domain registrations were recorded by NIRA; 106,736 in February; 108,599 in March; and 111,146 in April.
According to NIRA records, the number of .ng domain names was 114,308 in May; 118,264 in June, and 123,812 in July 2018.
In August this year, the .ng domain names rose to 125,814 while in September, 126,706 domain names were registered.
The data showed that a total of 51,938 new .ng domain registrations were recorded in the ten months under review. 28,871 renewals were done while 587 domain names were transferred to other registrars.
The Nigerian domain name report showed that there were 108,438 active domain names at the third level and another 19,640 active domain names at the second level, making a total of 128,078 active domains altogether as of October 2018.
According to NIRA, the growing number of registration shows that Nigerians continue to embrace the .ng brand and indicates the efforts of the NIRA accredited registrars in growing the country’s CCTLD.
The association stated that the .ng CCTLD was the second fastest growing registry in Africa.
Commenting recently on the increasing registration of .ng domain, the President, NIRA, Mr Sunday Folayan, noted that the good synergy between the National Information Technology Development Agency and NIRA had greatly contributed to the adoption of .gov.ng domains by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies and had positively impacted the growth of .ng domain registrations.
Folayan said there had been an exponential growth, about 50 per cent year-on-year, of .ng domain from 3,000 to over 100,000 in the last few years, adding that the market potential of Nigeria’s .ng domain was worth N37bn.
he added that the growth had been fuelled by the fact that Nigerians were beginning to realise that it was more expensive to register a non .ng domain name.
According to him, the fall in the value of naira has made it clear to business owners that it is a capital flight to register non .ng domain names.
The Chief executive Officer, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, Muhammed Rudman, also emphasised the importance of hosting websites within the country, saying the move would yield economic benefits for the country.
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