The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) on Friday 12th of January 2018 announced that 101,695 domain names existed in the country’s domain registry as at the end of 2017, this number went up from 76,907 names which were recorded in 2016.
The President of NIRA, Mr Sunday Folayan, who made this information known in a statement which was made available to pressmen in Lagos on Friday.
Mr Sunday Folayan in his statement said that by December 2017, 5,547 domain names were recorded, which shows a decrease of 753, as against 6,300 domain recorded in November.
According to him, of the 5,547 domain names in December, 3,560 were new registration, 1,917 were domain name renewal, while 70 were transfer of domain names.
He said that of the 6,300 domain names recorded in November, 3,974 were fresh registration, 2,280 were for renewal and 46 were for transfer.
“We noted a slowdown in fresh registrations and renewal of .ng domain names from November to December 2017.
“The general slowdown could be attributed to many reasons, including consumer spending slowdown and focusing on essentials.
“The total number of active .ng domain names in December 2016 was 76,907 while by December 2017, the number of active domain names had grown to 101,695,’’ Folayan said.
He said there was the need for Nigerians to adopt Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), which is the ”dotng (.ng)”.
The NIRA president said that .ng was the official ccTLD approved for Nigeria by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the Internet and was like Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.
He said that the availability of names was better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) like .com, .org.
Folayan said that hosting businesses on the .ng would help to support the Nigerian economy and provide jobs for local Information Technology professionals.