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86TH EDITION OF TELECOM CONSUMER PARLIAMENT (TCP): OVERCOMING CHALLENGES OF CALL MASKING/REFILLING

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) team was in attendance at the just concluded 86th Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday 13th December, 2018 with the theme “Overcoming Challenges of Call Masking/Refilling: Task Ahead for the Telecom Industry”.

Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, NCC Director Consumer Affairs Bureau delivered the welcome address and stated that the 86th Parliament provided an avenue for face to face encounter with the public and Stakeholders in the telecom industry.

Mr. Sunday Dare, the Executive Commissioner Stakeholders Management who represented Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC NCC, noted that the Nigerian telecom industry loses about $60 billion dollars annually to call masking. Call Masking is described as a phenomenon whereby an international call is masked to appear as a local call on any GSM network in Nigeria. The EVC called on the public to report cases of call masking to NCC, promising that appropriate measures would be taken.

Barrister Ayoola Oke, a telecom consultant, made a presentation titled “Overcoming Challenges of Call Masking/ Refiling: Task ahead for the Telecom Industry”. He explained Call Masking/Refiling and highlighted the impact to the telecoms industry and the consumers. He noted that call masking had reduced by 21 percent as at August, 2018. Also, SIM Boxing Traffic has reduced by 25 percent as at September, 2018.

There was a panel of discussion among the Operators and NCC (the regulator), with input from various stakeholders of the industry, aimed at proffering solutions to the challenges being faced. The following resolutions were adopted to serve as counter- measures to Call Masking/ Refiling and SIM Boxing.

  • The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as the regulator and the Service Providers should continue to provide awareness of Call Masking and the challenges it poses.
  • Users should report issues relating to Call Masking to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
  • The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should investigate incidents, identify the perpetrators and take appropriate regulatory measures towards curbing the menace
  • The Service Providers and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should adopt more stringent measures to curb Call Masking/ Refiling
  • The regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should follow up on service providers to ensure compliance in the implementation of the resolutions

At the event, Nigerians were informed that Nigeria has exceeded the 30% broadband target and has recorded 30.9% penetration target thus far. Also we were informed that NCC has recorded a base of 109 Million Internet  Subscribers and 59 Million broadband service subscribers.

Fiscal Year 19 ccNSO Council election

Following  the  conclusion  of  the elections  among  the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO)  members  from  the European  region  and  the  recent  adoption  of  the Election Report by  the  ccNSO Council during its December 2018 meeting, the following candidates will take their seat on the ccNSO Council at the end of ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan:

  • Africa: Biyi Oladipo (.ng) – new
  • Asia-Pacific: Jordan Carter (.nz) – new
  • Europe: Nick Wenban-Smith(.uk) – new
  • Latin America/Caribbean: Demi Getschko (.br) – reappointed
  • North America: Pablo Rodriguez (.pr) – reappointed

The ICANN64 Public Meetings will hold from 9th to 14th March 2019 at Kobe, Japan.

At  the  end  of the ICANN63 Public Meetings held in  Barcelona,  Spain,  the  Nominating Committee (NomCom)  appointees  to  the  ccNSO Council took their  seats: Laura  Margolis from Uruguay was  appointed  for  a  three-year  term, whereas Dr. Ajay Data from Rajasthan, India was appointed for a two-year term. The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership and is mandated to  ensure  that  ICANN’s  overall  leadership  is  diverse  in  geography,  culture,  skills, experience, and perspective.

Usually the ccNSO Council members consist of 18 council members, fifteen appointed by the ccNSO members and three Councillors selected by ICANN’s nominating committee (NomCom).

 

SOURCE: ccNSO

Renewing Your Domain Name

As one year runs out, in comes another. Each New Year comes with new ideas; new businesses spring up and existing businesses will have the need to evaluate and possibly renew their licenses, subscriptions, etc. For some delegated domain names, there will be the need to extend their expiry dates and services.

When you register a domain name, you're able to use it for the registered period of time, which, for .ng domains, is typically from one year to five years. If you want to keep using the domain name and any of the services associated with it (like a website or email service) you need to renew the domain name registration prior to and/or at its expiration before it is registered by another entity. If you don't, you run the risk of losing your domain name. It is the responsibility of the registrant to renew or request the registrar to renew its domain name. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) operates the 3R (Registry, Registrar, Registrant) Model and is not authorised to renew domain names on behalf of registrants.

To avoid losing your domain name and causing significant disruption or damage to the information, service, brand or business associated with it, find below some few pointers. These will help you to avoid the hassle of disruptions and/or the possibility of losing your domain name altogether.

Note the terms of your domain name registration

It is very important that at the point of registration, you pay serious attention to the details associated with your domain name. Options and fees for renewing domain names, including expired ones, vary per registrar so it is important you read your registrar's terms of service carefully to understand the options, fees, and terms of renewing your domain name registration. It's also important to keep your contact information up to date so that you can receive notifications of any changes to your registrar's terms of service.

Keep track of the expiry date of your domain name so you can renew it before it expires. For the details of your .ng domain name(s), use the NiRA WHOIS search engine, http://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp . Alternatively contact your registrar if you are unsure of the expiration date of your domain name.

Consider the auto-renew option

Most registrars offer auto-renewal options for domain name registrations. If you sign up for this service, be sure to keep the payment information up-to-date.

Keep an eye out for renewal reminders email

Email renewal reminders are sent approximately one month and one week before expiration of a domain name by .ng registry. It is advisable to take immediate action when you receive these reminders. Be sure to keep your contact information up to date so that you receive these important reminders.

If for some reasons you missed the renewal notifications and the domain name expires, it might still be possible to renew your expired domain name. This is only possible if the name had not been deleted and registered by someone else and you contact your registrar immediately. If you are unsure who your registrar is, you can perform a search to find out on the .ng WHOIS using the link http://whois.nic.net.ng

It is necessary for a registrant to note that there could be challenges recovering a domain name within the redemption grace period. There could be challenges with contacting the registrar, using the registrar’s platform and/or the payment system. It is advised that you keep an eye on the domain name(s) associated with your business. Ensure you take steps to prevent that/those domain name(s) from expiring and prevent you from potentially losing the registration(s). If possible register/renew the domain name(s) for multiple years at a time. Ensure the duration of your payment is reflected on the details associated with your registration/renewal.

Rounding up 2018

The NIRA Academy is collaborating with other stakeholders, in building capacity for ICT administrators in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

NiRA will facilitate on the Importance and Security of .ng Domain Names. The Training workshop is in multiple sessions over a period of three months.

The Training workshop presents an opportunity for NiRA to implement the second edition of its SWITCHTO.GOV.NG programme and to interact, interface and get feedback from the various MDAs.

Year 2018 has been a very eventful year for our association, as we look forward to the year 2019. Please enjoy the holidays, and do not forget to take as much positive energy as possible into the coming year.

Let me use the opportunity of the last NIRA newsletter in the year 2018 to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Advance. Thank you very much for your contributions to our dear Association and of course, the .ng Registry.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

The Steady evolution of the .NG Registry

The steady uptake of .ng domains is predicated on a very stable and well managed Registry. There is no doubt that while we need to preserve the old order, we must also allow a steady evolution of the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), so that it can meet the wishes and aspirations of its stakeholders.

Members of NIRA are in the process of implementing various changes to the Constitution of the Association, in a manner decided by the members, using the bottom-up process consensus building process.

An Electronic General Meeting of the association is ongoing. It started on Saturday 1st December 2018, and will end on Thursday 13th December 2018, with votes to ratify the draft constitution. Indeed, members will vote electronically in secret, over a three day period.

For all of us who are stewards of the process at this point in time, from the Constitution review Committee to the Executive Board of Directors and the Trustees of NIRA, the number of hours that has been put into the process can best be rewarded with a constitution that continues to meet the aspirations and needs of the membership of NIRA. I appeal to members to please take the time to participate in the process, so that we can take ownership of the management of our ccTLD.

As the year 2018 fast ebbs, I want to seize the opportunity to thank everyone that has supported and contributed to the successes of NiRA in 2018. We have seen an increase of over 30,000 new .ng domain names in 2018, while the renewal rate is climbing steadily towards 100%.

If you know anyone who is still hesitant about getting on the .ng train, tell them that popular and global brands are now using .ng domain names for their websites, as well as e-commerce platforms and many critical service-oriented businesses. Names are registered on first-come first served basis. get your friends to claim the names, before others do.

Year 2019 is fast approaching, and it is right to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board