Upperlink MD: Nigeria, late entrant into Internet domain name business
Nigeria is a late entrant in the Internet domain name business in what is a major setback for pushing her unique online name to be adopted by local businesses, Mr Segun Akano, MD of Upperlink Limited, a key domain name registrar has told Technology Times.
The Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) the multi-stakeholder group that manages the .ng domain name came in very late into the lucrative online domain name business and that has been a major drawback to the uptake of the nation’s Internet real estate by major Nigerian businesses. [blockquote cite=”Segun Akano, Managing Director of Upperlink Limited”]”Every country has its identity in the cyberspace and that’s what we are preaching to all industries in Nigeria and also for security purpose. NIRA just came on board about six years ago and there are some businesses in existence for 15 years. So, what we just advice is to take up their .com and marry it with .ng.”[/blockquote]
Akano, who runs Upperlink, a technology consultancy that is also an accredited registrar of NIRA reckons that migrating to .ng domain for business remains an uphill task especially for businesses that predate the creation of the domain name management organisation.
“We started late and that’s the issue. You can’t blame those players. We are encouraging them to take up their equivalent of .ng” the Upperlink MD told Technology Times in an exclusive interview in Lagos.
For him, the Nigeria’s .ng cc-TLD is for Nigerians and it holds the promises of keeping their businesses more secure in cyberspace.
“Every country has its identity in the cyberspace and that’s what we are preaching to all industries in Nigeria and also for security purpose. NIRA just came on board about six years ago and there are some businesses in existence for 15 years. So, what we just advice is to take up their .com and marry it with .ng.”
Akano believes that more businesses will migrate to these platforms in the next few years while noting that NIRA has upgraded its standards and set up policies to ensure effective management of the .ng national resource by stakeholders.
According to him, “the .ng domain is on the rise and NIRA is doing its best to create a lot of awareness among the populace. They have also created a lot of fora so that people can be sensitised. They are also engaging policy on the need to fashion out strategy to open up .ng. So, it is growing. We just need to give it its own time.’’
“We are also looking at over 17 million SMEs to register on the .ng domain in the next couple of years”, the Upperlink MD told Technology Times surer that the small business ecosystem will be leveraging technology to drive operational efficiency, productivity and profitability.
He is also pleased that the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC)m the telecoms industry regulator, has played a critical role in making sure that bandwidth are readily-available and affordable in the country.
“The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) is trying its best to ensure that bandwidth is available to all the nook and cranny of Nigeria. Until bandwidth is cheap, people won’t be willing to come to .ng to register their business. We have a success story about this in the last three years. Bandwidth is getting cheaper. We are looking at the time that bandwidth will be more affordable”, Akano adds.
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