LAGOS – Mrs Mary Uduma, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), has said that 1,542 .ng domain names were registered in the month of January.
Uduma made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
She noted that there was a slight increase in domain name activities in January, 2015 compared to 1,425 registered in January, 2014.
Uduma said that 1,070 domain names were renewed in January, 2015 with an increase of 259 renewals when compared to 811 in January, 2014.
She said that the association transferred 41 domain names, showing a decrease of eight, compared to 49 transferred in January, 2014.
‘’With more appreciation of the Nigerian Identity on the Internet, as the year progresses, more activities will be noted within the domain name industry,’’ the NIRA president said.
She said that .ng (like Nigeria’s currency – Naira – and +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 her, availability of names is better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic top-level domain (gTLD) like .com, .org.
She said that, with the .ng domain name, branding and geo-targeting of local content to the Nigerian market would be easier.
‘’With the .ng, our primary DNS servers are secure and locally managed with multiple cast servers located around the world,’’ Uduma said.
She said that hosting businesses on the .ng would help to support the Nigerian economy and provide jobs for local information technology professionals.