As NiRA signs up 5,306 new domains in Oct.
Adoption of Nigeria’s domain name system (DNS) is gaining traction in the nation’s public sector, as the total number of .ng emails so far opened by the Federal government for its officials has hit 40,000 as at October this year, New Telegraph has learnt.
According to a document obtained by this newspaper from the Ministry of Communications, the development is coming even as the number of .ng domain names – websites – rose from around 50,000 to 70,000 as at last month.
The document obtained from the Ministry of Communications, stated that the government information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives have been significantly sustained in the last one year.
“Through Galaxy Backbone, government has provided Internet access to about 400 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), over 11,000 nodes of wireless local area network (LAN) to all MDAs at the Federal Secretariat, over 40,000 email addresses for government officials under the gov.ng & mil.ng domains,” it said.
It was learnt that the move by government has helped in reducing capital flight that would have set in with the use of foreign domain names such as .com; .uk;.za; ua, among others.
The move, it was also learnt, has ensured that government data is hosted locally on a secured website with data back-up to MDAs and 200 servers hosting 94 MDAs.
“Following its success in conceptualising 1-GOV.NG, government is now focusing on cost savings in service delivery and leveraging economies of scale by prioritising services that have direct bearing on the administrations’ priorities and classifying them as shared services to be provisioned from the National Shared Services Center (NSSC).
“This will ensure optimisation of the productivity of government officials, increase experience, enhance security and make government services open and transparent,” the document, which provides updates on government level of ICT adoption, further explained.
Meanwhile, managers of Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .ng, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has registered and renewed 5,306 new domain names in October.
“Domain name registrations and renewals at the registry are on the increase, on month per month basis and year per year basis. The increase in domain name registration is more noticeable across the different years in comparison.
The domain names registered and renewed in October 2016 (5,306) is more than the registration in October 2015 (3,450) and almost double the registration in October 2014 (2,717),” said NiRA President, Mr. Sunday Folayan.
While noting that the registrations in October were more than September figures, Folayan said that “the domain names registered and renewed in September 2016 (4,915) is more than twice the registration in September 2014 (2370) and far more than the registration in September 2015.” He also explained that the number of accredited domain names registrars has increased to 57 currently.
“Domain name registrations and renewals at the registry have steadily increased on month per month basis and year per year basis. Before now, the number of registrars was below 50.
“But due to the various initiatives being put in place by NiRA to boost uptake of the country’s Internet identifier on the World Wide Web (WWW), more registrars have come on board to deepen local content in Nigeria while adoption has also increased both from government and private sectors perspectives,” he said.
Till date, the number of .ng domain names registered in the country has reached over 72,000 with more efforts being put in place to boost further adoption.
As at December 2015, the total number of .ng domain names registered in the country stood at 60,000, according to NIRA data. “It is interesting and refreshing to witness such growth.
The renewal rate is encouraging as well,” said Folayan. “Growth in new .ng domain names registrations moved from 18,870 in 2014 to 22,113 in 2015.” According to him, the security of .ng is top-rated.
“Even to scam with .ng is very difficult because we would be able to know the person that registered the domain name. Others do proxy, but we don’t do proxy in Nigeria. We know who is registering what; the registry is here with us.”
Folayan, while listing the benefits of .ng domain name usage, said: “The value of using .ng to individuals, businesses and governments is huge. In the first place, the local content policy of the Federal Government starts with .ng. “So, if you as a Nigerian want to promote the local content, you should be on .ng registry. That is the first thing.
Secondly, the policy of the Federal Government is also promoting local content for businesses to be online and preferably on .ng. “The more people find a business online these days, the better it is for the business owner and that is even where the world is going: ecommerce.”
He maintained that .ng provides a good visibility and progress for business, urging businesses and individuals to bring their businesses online by opening such online presence in .ng