Lagos - The Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA, has cut registration fees for indigenous websites in the country to N15,000 (about $100), as it tries to encourage more local websites to sign up.
Nigeria’s .ng is the country code top level domain (ccTLD) name, a suffix for identifying Nigeria on the internet as approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), the global regulator.
NiRA Chief Operating Officer Ope Odusan said the new registration rate has been approved by the board of trustees and comes into effect immediately.
“Nigerians don’t understand that .ng is Nigeria’s internet identifier on the internet. It is important that our people have .ng instead of .com, org and .net web suffixes. Over 300,000 domain names are registered by Nigerians yearly leading to capital flight excluding the cost of packaging, hosting and fixing antivirus solutions on the sites.
"An average foreign domain name is registered for about $7. If you multiply that over a period of years, add the cost of hosting, designing and security solutions, it is a huge cost.
“We need to think about it. We have .ng, a unique domain name which we can use to get foreign money back to our country. If we have one million domain names sold to foreigners at $5 it is a huge investment into our economy,” Odusan said.
He added that NIRA is collaborating with the Internet exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) to address the dearth of internet content hosted and produced locally in Nigeria and encourage a new hosting ratio of 80:20 in favour of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
- CAJ News