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Internet body calls for .ng adoption

12 November 2013, 08:31Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is advocating for the embedment of local content on the on the nation's country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) to maximize the benefits of digital migration.

Speaking at the just-concluded West Africa Information and Communications Technology Congress in Lagos, a representative of Mary Nma Uduma, the NIRA President said that the benefits of digital migration could only be maximized when more citizens and businesses operating in the country adopted local content such as the .ng domain.

NIRA's Head of Communication, Remmy Nwek, who stood in for Uduma, said the .ng was Nigeria's” identity for digital dividend” and urged those who had not adopted it, to do so.

She pointed out that in order to maximize the benefits of “digital dividend,” the expectations are that revenue of mobile services will soar, coupled with blossom social economic activities, increasing creativity, affordability, availability of local contents hinged on development of ccTLD like .ng.

According to her, social, educational and cultural values would be given a boost because there would be educated citizens, informed democracy, cultural understanding, a sense of belonging, access and inclusion of broadband services as well as enhanced quality of life.

Uduma further advocated that to maximize the benefits of Analogue Switch Over (ASO), the committee set up to ensure timely switch over must be allowed to do its work based on the terms of reference that culminated in the setting up of the committee.

She said that in addition, the committees effort must be matched by “walking the talk” through leveraging on the mobile broadband environment.

She advised that affordability of services should surpass the anticipated government revenue, while Economic Community Of West African States members must ensure not to miss the deadline for transition to digital deadline.

– CAJ News


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