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NITDA reiterates calls for the patronage of Nigerian Data Centers

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a Federal Government Agency created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Section 6(a & c) of the Act establishing the Agency mandates it to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; and render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.

On the 4th of December 2017, The Management of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) informed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as private sector organizations on the need for them to patronize Nigerian Data Centers.

The rate of adoption and utilization of ICT in both the public and private sectors of the economy makes hosting data and information inevitable. The Management of NITDA had noted the current practices of both public and private sector organizations hosting data offshore, despite Nigeria having highly reliable Tier III Data Centers, certified by various international organizations and guaranteeing almost 100% availability as well as multiple layers of security. Members of the public are to note that hosting data locally guarantees reduction in cost and capital flight, digital job creation, increased security, and increase in tax revenues thereby boosting the local economy.

Quoting Section 14.1 of the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, NITDA pointed out that it is mandatory for Data and Information Management Firms to “Host government data locally within the country and shall not for any reason host any government data outside the country without an express approval from NITDA”. The audience was informed that NITDA is working with local data hosting firms to set appropriate service level requirements and standards for data service provisioning. The Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), NITDA’s Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), has been restructured and charged with the responsibility of developing, promoting and monitoring indigenous ICT adoption and utilization. In addition, adequate measures have been put in place to facilitate full compliance with these guidelines.

For more details, click on

http://nitda.gov.ng/2017/12/04/nitda-reiterates-calls-for-the-patronage-of-nigerian-data-centers/a

MORE IMAGES OF AFRINIC-27

Recall the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”? We have many memorable images of AFRINIC-27 and we are letting the pictures speak for themselves. These pictures would convey the messages more than words- the active participation of the delegates and the success of AFRINIC-27.

For more images from AFRINIC-27, click on

https://www.flickr.com/photos/afrinic/albums/72157666826891439/page2

The 3R Model of the DNS Industry

The 3R Model, operated by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has contributed to the development of the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry in Nigeria and Africa. The 3R model is made up of the Registry, Registrars and Registrants.  Each of the “R” in the model plays a very important role in the DNS industry.

The Registry is the organization charged with the responsibility of managing and maintaining the database of all domain names and the infrastructure that support the registration of domain names at the top level. NiRA, the manager of the Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain Name (ccTLD) .ng, operates the Registry.

Registrars are organizations accredited by domain Registries, like NiRA, to carry out domain registration activities on their behalf. A Registrar accepts domain registration requests and reserves the domain for the Registrant at the registry (for example .ng ccTLD). Since domain name registration is a service oriented business, interested organizations constantly apply to become accredited with the Registry. For instance, NiRA currently has 63 accredited registrars that carry out .ng domain names registration activities on behalf of registrants.

Registrants are the organization or individual registering the domain names. When using the Registrar’s platform, an application is submitted for a domain name, to make the applicant a domain name registrant.

The 3R model is a business aspect of the Domain Name System (DNS). Every individual or organization can participate or get involved as either a Registrar or registrant. This is a personal and business decision and there are criteria to qualify for any of these positions.

The quantum of activities on the Internet are made possible by the Domain Name System, the distributed database system, which is a component of the critical Internet infrastructure, that is hierarchical in nature.

DNS resolves IP addresses to human readable names popularly referred to as domain names. The DNS assigns user-friendly domain names to unique IP addresses. With a Domain Name, you don’t need to remember the IP addresses of your favorite websites. Many have commented that the DNS is the Phonebook of the Internet.

Communication on the Internet became easier with the DNS whereby Search engine applications take advantage of DNS to route search results by geographical location.

To also participate in the DNS industry as a NiRA accredited registrar, click on link to apply http://nira.org.ng/become-a-registrar

Or you can take your business online by becoming a Registrant. Grow your network; create your online presence by registering your domain name and hosting your website with your .ng domain name.  For your .ng domain name registration, you can select a NiRA Accredited Registrar via the link https://www.nira.org.ng/index.php/accredited-registrars

AFRICAN NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE (AFRINIC-27) FOR AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN.

Participants from various countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean gathered at the Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos from 27th November to 1st December, 2017 for the 27th conference of the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) dubbed AFRINIC-27, with the theme: “Taking the African Internet to the Next Level through Policy, Collaboration and Education”. The conference was hosted by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

They stressed the need for more collaboration among African countries to boost the Internet economy and called for improved local hosting of Internet traffic. This, they claimed would help to support Internet development in Africa and boost the economy. According to them, with right policy and efficient infrastructure in place, traffic meant for Africa need not travel to either Europe or America before coming back to Africa.

The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, ably represented by Mr. Tope Fashedemi, the Director of e-Governance at the Ministry of Communications, praised AFRINIC for providing the leadership that has contributed to the positive accomplishments in the Africa ICT ecosystem.

Professor Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission ably represented by Engr. Alhassan Haru, NCC's Director of New Media and Information Security urged all stakeholders to evolve sustainable policies and forge greater collaboration to achieve optimal utilization of the resources of the Internet.  In addition, he said the challenge posed by cybercrime also requires the collaboration of all stakeholders in the ICT ecosystem. He explained that "NCC is partnering with ITU to set up the Africa Regional Cybersecurity Centre in Abuja to enhance information sharing and capacity building on cybersecurity issues in the African region". He therefore commended AFRINIC for its spectacular achievements in rallying stakeholders together to provide the widest possible use of Internet resources by all interested communities.

The Director-General/CEO National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami ably represented by Dr. Abdullahi Gambo Usman, NITDA Director, IT Infrastructure Solutions stated that broadband penetration is adding profound changes in many spheres including citizen participation in governance and promised that NITDA would work with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), NiRA and other Stakeholders to promote sustainability, governance and inclusion of all.

Also speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC, Alan Barrett, said that since inception, AFRINIC have allocated more than 100 million IPv4 addresses and over 9000 IPv6/32 prefixes in Africa with around 42 per cent of over the 1500 members receiving an IPv6 prefix. ARINIC has also trained 550 engineers in some 18 countries in Africa and continues to ensure improved Internet services for all users in the region.

Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the Vice President of NiRA, in his welcome address read on behalf on behalf of the President, Reverend Sunday Folayan, reiterated NIRA’s passion to deepen DNS industry in Africa by hosting AFRINIC-27 and setting up the NiRA Academy. In lieu of this, he said NiRA Academy was charged with the mandate of developing knowledge and bridging the knowledge gap that exists within the DNS industry.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer of NIRA thanked the participants, many of who are from other countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean, for their presence and support and urged them to look forward to robust technical presentations and panel discussions at the conference.

All the presentations at the Conference were transcribed real-time and also translated into English and French. Please visit https://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-27/agenda/remote-participation to watch the recap of the conference and get the transcription.

A Gala night for all participants, sponsored by NIRA was held on Thursday 30th November 2017. It provided the perfect opportunity for many participants to unwind and show off varieties of dance steps.

Marketing Tools for your New Business

As the year winds down and the New Year is approaching, it is normal to see new businesses spring up. Ideas conceived for the Festival Season need to be promoted and made visible.

For a new business to succeed during this period and in the New Year, there are digital marketing tools that the business owner and entrepreneur need to take cognizance of. You are just about ready to announce your new business to the world. To do that, you need to put together your marketing toolkit to spread online and in person, the word about the new business.

Every new business must have a competitive edge.  In this new era, you must advertise your business online to reach out to millions of potential customers and have a sound online marketing plan. At this time of the year when the market is booming, you must have a strategy that will leverage on the power of social media platforms, making use of the search engine optimizers to drive traffic to your website and give you the desired competitive edge.

 Social Media

The social media platform is the first digital marketing platform that people now adopt for their businesses. You need to decide on the best platform for your business. Not all social media platforms are good for all businesses. Your decision can be dependent on your target audience, availability of funds, skill of the individuals managing the website, etc.

Domain Name, Website and Email Address

A very important platform is your corporate website. Your website is your address on the Internet and is also the first point of call to showcase your business online to the world. With a website you have proved to your teeming clients, the seriousness of your business. Essentially every website requires a domain name. With a domain name and website, your professional email address can be setup. Customers tend to find professional email addresses more trustworthy.

Printed marketing materials/Business Cards

Whilst networking, people will request for your complimentary or business cards. It is a must to have such cards available for distribution. Clients tend to appreciate business cards with corporate email addresses and websites. Have cards that look good. Always carry your cards in a holder to protect them from pocket and purse damage.

Promotional Items

Amazingly, the interest in promotional/branded items is unbelievable universal. People like to collect these momentums and like to display them. Ensure quality items are branded and can be easily displayed. They are free promotion and advertisement for your product. This is the opportunity to captivate the market. Branded labels are panache to product packaging.

Associations and Trade Shows

You can network with other industry leaders and prospective buyers by attending trade shows. This provides opportunities for in-person networking where you can pass out printed materials and possibly get an opportunity to make presentations about your products.

To conclude, there are several other marketing tools, both online and offline. There are some seasonal businesses. Timing is essential. You must decide when to launch a particular product or goods. You must track and analyze your marketing results and optimize your campaigns to improve performance of your products/ goods in the market.

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