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Internet association drives local domain uptake

23 December 2013, 13:30

Abuja - The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) said it was targeting about 250 percent increase in the .ng domain name adoption in the coming year.

The association said the patronage of the .ng domain name had improved significantly from about 2 000 in 2009 to its current 50 000 registered users, which spurred its target.

The body said it was poised to pursue an aggressive awareness campaign next year to further increase the number of users of the domain name.

Speaking at a forum in Lagos, the president of the group, Mary Uduma, said part of the strategy to increase the .ng usage was to give out 100 000 free domain names next years to commemorate Nigeria's centenary celebration.

She said the initiative would help propagate the use of the local content domain name by Nigerians.

Udoma also disclosed that an agreement had been reached to have all states and local governments with the .ng domain before the second quarter of 2014.

She noted that considerations are seriously being looked into the renewal fee of the N50 000 registrars which had been raised as an issue.

“In 2014 we are also going to engage the media more and the free domain fiesta is also a major channel which strongly has a great import for public internet of Nigeria and global internet communities,” Udoma meanwhile said.

– CAJ News


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