Nigeria cuts price of Internet domain names to drive uptake

Nigeria cuts price of Internet domain names to drive uptake

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By Olubunmi Adeniyi

Lagos. April 16, 2013: The local managers of Nigeria’s DotNG Internet domain name has slashed the registry fee from N200,000 to N15,000 to drive the massive uptake the country’s online identity within the Internet community.

Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson
Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson

Ope Odusan; Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Internet Registration Association of Nigeria (NiRA), managers of the local Internet name space says the decision was taken to further accelerate its adoption across the country.

 “The Board of NIRA has made some changes in the system that opens up the second level .ng domain for general registration at a price of N15, 000. Starting from today you can register your domain name at this price” he announced to newsmen yesterday in Lagos.

At the end of last year, only 26,000 domain names have been registered, a development which is making NiRA to explore new ways of generating interest in the local domain name space.

NiRA has set a target of 100,000 name uptakes by the second quarter of 2013, Odusan says noting that the significance of the DotNG signature on the Internet by individuals, businesses and government would do more for Nigeria rather than using foreign domain names such as .com, .net and others.

According to him, the DotNG ccTLD is a platform for the Nigerian Internet ecosystem to boost online commerce and eGovernment services.

It will also enable access to valuable information and knowledge which is able to boost academics through effective research resource and participation in distance learning programmes, he adds.

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