NIRA puts .ng’s registration at 90,000
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), has informed that as at first quarter, the country’s domain name, the .ng currently has 90,036 adopters of the world’s 330 million domains.
NiRA, in a report, revealed that the entire Africa’s continent has less than two million domain names, with examples such as .ke with 61, 623 (Kenya); South Africa, .za has 1,148,095. The United kingdom, the .co.uk has 10,600,000; China, .cn has 21,100,00; India, .in has 2,235,471.
According to Dean of NiRA Academy, Sikiru Shehu, at a workshop in Lagos, Nigeria with the population of about 180 million has less than 100,000 domains on the .ng string.
He said: “However, as worrisome as these figures could be, what is obvious here are great avenues to generate jobs, create wealth and employment opportunities.
“Just imagine, a 10 million .ng domain count in Nigeria today, and the multiplier effects on websites development, domain names hosting, content development and so on. For me, domain name business is a big business and the DNS industry is very large. I see a very huge opportunity to generate jobs, create wealth, and earn forex, reduction in capital flight, boosts availability of local contents.”
He identified many factors to be responsible for the slow growth of the DNS industry in Africa generally. These include low awareness; poor Internet infrastructure and penetration; lack of government policy in member countries that can drive the uptake of Africa ccTLDs, preferences for foreign domain names; poverty of minds and ideas; insufficient skilled personnel for the DNS Industry; and the absence of creative and innovative DNS entrepreneurs (Internetpreneurs).