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Nigeria got 101,695 domain names as at the end of 2017

The Nigeria Internet Registration
Association (NIRA) said on Friday that
101,695 domain names existed in the
country’s domain registry as at 2017, up
from 76,907 names recorded in 2016.
The President of NIRA, Mr. Sunday Folayan,
made this known in a statement made
available to the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
Folayan said that in December 2017, 5,547
domain names were recorded, showing a
decrease of 753, as against 6,300 domain
names recorded in November.
According to him, of the 5,547 domain
names in December, 3,560 were new
registration, 1,917 were domain name
renewal, while 70 were transfer of domain
He said that of the 6,300 domain names
recorded in November, 3,974 were fresh
registration, 2,280 were for renewal and 46
were for transfer.
“We noted a slowdown in fresh
registrations and renewal of .ng domain
names from November to December 2017.
“The general slowdown could be attributed
to many reasons, including consumer
spending slowdown and focusing on
“The total number of active .ng domain
names in December 2016 was 76,907 while
by December 2017, the number of active
domain names had grown to 101,695,’’
Folayan said.
He said there was the need for Nigerians to
adopt the Nigeria’s country code Top Level
Domain (ccTLD), which is the “dotng (.ng)”.
“Dotng” (.ng) is the official ccTLD approved
for Nigeria by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for
the Internet and, according to Folayan, is
like Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.
He said that the availability of names was
better on the .ng ccTLD than on the generic
Top Level Domain (gTLD) like .com, or .org,
and that hosting businesses on the .ng
would help support the economy and
provide jobs for local Information
Technology professionals.

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