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THE NIGERIAN NETWORK OPERATORS GROUP (ngNOG) 2016 REPORT

The Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG) Conference and workshop 2016 held on Monday 31st of October, to 5th November, 2016 respectively at RockRiew Royale hotel and Hotel Reno in Abuja.

During the Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG) conference and workshop, the contributions of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) in the ICT ecosystem were highlighted and appreciated.

Representatives of several Nigerian universities were in attendance at the forum for cooperation and exchange of technical information between operators of Internet-connected networks in Nigeria. The presence of highly placed academicians from the various universities in the country is highly commendable. I appreciate the doggedness of the Universities to ensure their online presence with their .ng domain names and online presence. It is highly commendable. Almost, if not all Nigerian universities have announced their presence online and are online with their .ng domain names.  It was a conscious decision and effort by the university community to register their .ng domain names. This is a patriotic effort as well as economic decision. This is the same effort expected of other sectors in Nigeria.

The “Domain Name Business” track at the ngNOG debuted at the 11th Network Technology Workshop and there was a Ganeti Clustering presentation by NiRA. We also had presentations from representatives from Icecool Contracts Limited and Whogohost.

The conference served as the plenary meeting/event of the Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG) Workshop. The Workshop, an annual event held usually in October/November, is a capacity building activity/program of ICT personnel and other stakeholders in Nigeria. NIRA was represented. The workshop featured participants/ various stakeholders of ngICT Forum and experts/resource persons from the various fields of ICT.

 

The Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG) has been around for 11years since its creation from the parent organization of African Network Operators Group (AfNOG). The keynote address was given by Dr. Wale Adedokun, who spoke on the origin of ngNOG. It was discovered that at most AfNOG workshops that Nigerians were always in majority. With the existence of ngNOG, Nigerians can obtain the required technical ICT trainings at a lower cost and reduce capital flight. Since inception the ngNOG workshop was held on university campuses due to its academic nature but this year’s edition in Abuja is the first to take place outside of a campus due to its all-inclusive nature.

Domain Names Registration Statistics for August, September and October 2016

Domain Name Registrations and Renewals at the Registry are on the increase, on month per month basis and year per year basis. The increase in domain name registration is more noticeable across the different years in comparison. The domain names registered and renewed in October 2016 (5,306) is more than the registration in October 2015 (3,450) and almost double the registration in October 2014 (2,717).   

 

 

 

Tips to Note to ensure timely renewal of your Domain Name

A domain name is an identification string within the Internet, the address that refers to your online identity. It advertises your business online. Without a domain name pointing to your website, people would not be able to locate your online business.

 

The expiration of a domain name, without you taking note, can lead to you losing ownership of the domain name, loss of faith and credibility of your business, loss of hours of hard work put into developing the site as well as the investment ensuring its high ranking in search engines. The diagram below portrays the Domain Name Life Cycle for .ng domain names.

These tips are to help you ensure your domain names get renewed as of when due and also avoid losing your domain name due to not renewing on time. It is a good reminder to avoid losing your domain names due to negligence.

1.       Register responsibly: When you register your domain name or have your domain name registered on your behalf, it is very important to provide valid information/details that will appear in the NiRA WHOIS database. The information provided would be utilized when sending out reminders when the domain name is about to expire. Ensure accurate Name, email address, physical address, telephone number, etc. Cross check whatever is inputted and ensure its accuracy.

2.       Keep Your Contact Information Up To Date: Remember to keep your contact information up to date with your registrar and registration/renewals.  As expiration notices are sent, if the email address is wrong or is no longer active, your domain registration could lapse without you receiving these notifications. Please check the email address against your domain name via the link http://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp.

3.       Being a domain name registrant you should control the contact email and not the developer, marketing agency, or some other entity. Sometimes when changes are made on issues concerning the website or your organisation, the domain registration update is forgotten. The domain name registrant should always have control of the domain name.

4.       Don’t use @domainname for the email address because if the registration lapses, further renewal notices will be missed.

5.       Always check your domain on the “WHOIS” (http://whois.nic.net.ng)

6.       Study and understand the domain name life cycle.  Please access the link Domain Life Cycle

 

Your domain name is your identity or the identity of your business. Be in custody of this important property/identity.

 

Internet Governance is for everyone

The Internet works because of the cooperation and ingenuity of many people in a loosely defined management structure called the Internet Governance. There is the need for more active participation of Nigerians in Internet Governance. The Internet is governed by a multi-stakeholder group in a conscious based bottom up process. It is private sector led while the government supports the initiative with a sound policies and guidelines. It has been reported severally that there are over 92Million Nigerians online. This is bigger than the population of a number of countries. It is important that people should not be gagged but free to express themselves openly on the Internet but responsibly.

Currently in Nigeria, we have the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), facilitating stakeholders input into the National Internet Governance Policy, which serves as input into the West Africa IGF (WAIGF), which aims to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through the same multi-stakeholder process. The WAIGF serves as input into the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), where the African agenda is collated for input into the Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

The 2016 Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) held on 2nd June 2016 at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center, Abuja with the theme “Harnessing Internet Governance for Inclusive Development and Smarter Nigeria”. The WAIGF holds from 17th to 18th November 2016 at Niamey, Niger. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) would be represented at the forum. The 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), with the theme “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”, is scheduled to take place 6th to 9th December 2016 at Guadalajara, Mexico.

At the eNigeria Conference billed for 22nd to 24th November 2016, the .ng brand would be showcased by NiRA and NiRA Accredited Registrars. The event will hold at the International Conference Centre at Abuja, with the theme “Leveraging on IT Innovation for Economic Diversification”.

NiRA is committed to the security, stability and scalability of the Internet infrastructure in Nigeria and the privacy and security of Nigerians online.

Your President,

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

THE REGISTRATION OF DOMAIN NAMES AND HOSTING OF WEBSITES

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the .ng Internet Domain Names Registry, operates the 3-R (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) model. This means that registration of .ng domain names for Registrants is by the NiRA Accredited Registrars and not by NiRA, the Registry.  NiRA has accredited 57 (Fifty Seven) Registrars, as of 11th October 2016. These Registrars may have Resellers, who use the platform of the NiRA Accredited Registrars for the registration of the .ng domain names.  It must be noted that NiRA is not in the business of building websites or website hosting. Some Registrars do this. 

A domain name is your identity on the Internet. It says who you are and/or the name of your business, used to locate an organisation or an entity on the Internet. A website is a collection of related web pages identified with a common domain name. Domain names are required for hosting websites or for an email addressing system/solution and/or both. You must have a domain name before you can have either one or both of these and having a domain name does not mean automatically that you have a website. A website must be built and hosted for it to be visible on the Internet. The same company can register a domain name, build the website and host the website for you. 

For online businesses or businesses requiring online presence, you need to have a domain name and a website with your domain name. Some think that a domain name is a website and a website is a domain; they are not aware that these are different entities and serve different purposes. They are closely related but serve different purposes. In some instances, some believe that a domain name must be hosted by the same company that registered the domain name. For ease of management and one stop shop solution, if the Registrar/reseller/company has a hosting company and you require a domain name, it makes life easier to obtain both solutions from the same company/person. Hosting a website on the Internet is leasing space on the server of the hosting firm/company/registrar. 

Can a .ng domain name be registered/renewed by a NiRA accredited registrar and the website be hosted by another company/registrar? The answer is YES. The choice of whom to provide you with a service is yours entirely. 

All NiRA Accredited Registrars were accredited after undergoing the accreditation process and having met the requirements, are certified to register/renew domain names under the .ng ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain). The Registrars also undergo annual re-certification process. NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link, http://www.nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars/all, are authorized to register your .ng domain name. 

Does a change of website hosting company automatically result in a change of registrar? The simple answer is NO. Since your domain name does not change and remains the same and the registration is valid as long as your contract with the registrar has not expired. The change of the hosting company does not mean a change to your registrar. NiRA does not certify or regulate or monitor hosting companies. 

The registration of a domain name can be by a NiRA accredited registrar while the hosting can be either by that same registrar or another registrar or even any company that renders hosting services. 

 

A registrant reserves every right to switch from one .ng registrar to another or even from one hosting company to another anytime. But a required change to a hosting company does not mean a change to the Registrar, who registered or renews the domain name.

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