Nige­ria’s .ng do­main grows by 24% in 10 months

The Punch - - INTERVIEW - Ife Ogun­fuwa

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 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.

Peo­ple are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly de­pen­dent on de­vices for com­mu­ni­ca­tion. I re­cently met a young man who told me that he com­mu­ni­cates

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