Few cultural revolutions can trace their origins as precisely as the one that was born on October 29, 1969, in 3420 Boelter Hall at the University of Califonia, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA. At 22:30 hours on October 29, 1969, the Internet was born and the first message was sent over the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). Professor Kleinrock supervising his student/programmer Charley Kline (CSK) set up a message transmission to go from the UCLA SDS Sigma 7 Host computer to another programmer, Bill Duvall, at the SRI SDS 940 Host computer.

The transmission itself was simply to “login” to SRI from UCLA. They succeeded in transmitting the “l” and the “o” and then the system crashed! Hence, the first message on the Internet was “lo”, as in “lo and behold! About an hour later they were able to transmit the full login.

Fifty years later, the ripple effects of that moment are felt daily by nearly every human on the planet and will likely be felt for centuries to come. As at today, more than 4 billion people have internet access, with the number of devices connected to IP networks more than double the global population and its traffic measured in exabytes.

In Nigeria the total number of Internet users as reported by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has risen to over 112 million as of October 2019 and this number is expected to surge higher as the consumer-driven data consumption, fuelled by the mobile and broadband services in IoT devices increases.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Birth of the Internet and encourages all to register their business online using the .ng domain name. 

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