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.NG Domain Name Report for March 2019


Premium domain names are high-quality domains that have been pre-registered by the Registry but are available for registration by the registrant. The cost of registration is relatively higher than the cost of registering regular domain names. A domain is considered to be high quality if the name is considered to be of high value (shorter, regularly searched, closely associated to the actual service or industry). Such domains are easier to spell, easier to remember and more intuitive.

Domains are considered premium for a large number of reasons including length, keywords and brandability, budget, etc.

Why register a premium domain name?

It is all about first impressions. Premium domain names could present a business in the best possible light, giving the business an advantage on the competition simply by virtue of having a unique, memorable premium domain name.

What's the Difference Between a Premium and Regular Domain?

Premium domain names are shorter, more memorable and more appealing to a broader audience. They are typically unique or catchy names that intuitively signal their subject matter or audience. Specific keywords such as casino, travels, news etc. are so popular that quality domain names using those words may be sparse.

A regular domain name which could also be referred to as a normal domains. These are domain names that can be registered at normal domain registration rate if available for registration.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the manager of the .ng country code Top Level Domain in the past 2 years, has conducted auction processes for some .ng premium domain names. The auction process provides an opportunity for prospective registrants to bid via their NiRA Accredited Registrars for premium domain names at bided rates. Its being an interesting experience for all.

To register a Premium Domain Name, either through a domain registrar or from domain marketplace, it is important for the prospective registrant to do a proper background check of the domain name to avoid loss of investment. The prospective registrant needs to make sure the name is not trademark and/or a tradename.

The idea of Premium domain names is one of the interesting innovations of the DNS industry. Those who register premium domain names consider if the cost of registration of the name fall within the budget. They also consider if an alternative name or alternative names can be utilized for their business. It is expected that the return on investment from using that premium (catchy name)  should cover the cost of registration of the premium domain name.

Student Projects and Internship Opportunities at AFRINIC – 2019

AFRINIC wishes to collaborate with students at undergraduate or graduate level in form of student projects (practicum) or through on-site or remote internship at AFRINIC. The duration of the projects are indicative and will depend on the resources allocated to each project and the availability of the students. It is possible to accommodate more than 1 student or intern per project, depending on their interest, availability and funding.

AFRINIC is also open to other projects related to the technical aspects of the Internet. These can include any project related to:

  • End-to-end Internet performance measurement
  • Internet topology characteristics, including peering and routing
  • Application-level performance, including DNS, Web, CDNs, Cloud Computing
  • Detection of middleboxes, censorship, and content filtering
  • Data analytics and visualization for network monitoring and traffic analysis
  • Network topology and performance visualization
  • Internet access, use, and quality of experience
  • Internet freedom, digital security and privacy
  • Internet protocols development
  • Internet policy

Interns will receive a monthly stipend and the amount will depend on whether it is an on-site or remote internship agreement. For on-site interns, subject to availability of funds, AFRINIC can offer accommodation and bear the cost of a return flight from the country where the student is located.

The list of 8 student projects and internship opportunities include Managed DNSSEC services and “Detection of NAT/CGNAT in African networks.

Applicants are advised to send a letter of motivation accompanied by their CV, both in English, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



On the 11th March 2019, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2nd to 7th November 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019.

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multi-stakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Becoming leaders themselves



The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria becomes a Regional Internet Exchange for West Africa with the support of the African Union: “Keeping intra-continental internet traffic within Africa”

On the 23rd March 2019, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) releases a circular announcing it has become a regional Internet Exchange with the support of the African Union Commission.

The Press release continued to announce that in 2016, following a response to a call for proposals issued by the AU Commission, the IXPN was awarded a grant to be supported to grow to become a regional internet Internet Exchange for West Africa.

With many IXPs in Africa exchanging intra-country traffic locally and intra-regional traffic being exchanged regionally, this will reduce the latency and save costs by eliminating the international transit through overseas carriers.

Through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project of the African Union Commission, Countries in Africa with internet exchange points have increased from eighteen to thirty five.

The AU Commission further provided grants to support selected internet exchange points in the five geographical regions of the African Union to become regional internet exchange points. One of them was the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria.

“Africa has been paying overseas carriers to exchange intra-continental traffic on our behalf. This is both costly as well as inefficient. With regional IXPs in Africa exchanging intra-regional traffic locally, this will reduce the latency and save costs by eliminating the international transit through overseas carriers.” Said Mr. Moses Bayingana, Project Manager, African Internet Exchange System Project of the AU Commission.

“There is growing importance in exchanging traffic among the internet service providers in Africa. This is due to the fact that by connecting to the regional internet exchange point, access to local content in the region improves, since the local traffic remains in the region. This in turn enhances internet use because the end users realize fast and efficient services.” Added Mr. Bayingana

On his part, Mr. Muhammed Rudman the CEO of IXPN, said that with the new status as the Regional Internet Exchange Point for West Africa, IXPN would seek strategic alliances with other IXPs, regional carriers and service providers towards connected West Africa. He also said that the AXIS initiative has now positioned IXPN to champion a more regional connectivity drive that will ultimately lead to a One-Connected Africa.

Mr. Rudman noted that localising the Internet within the African continent will improve quality of service as traffic will no longer travel abroad as was the case, and enjoined African countries, especially in the West Africa region to embrace this concept of AXIS for a better and improved connectivity for the continent.

“We are excited with the current status of IXPN as a regional IXP for the entire West Africa. This has made us an information hub for the region and will help not only to localize internet traffic within the region, but reduce cost and latency,  at the same time unlocking the potentials for digital economy allowing internet related businesses to thrive.” He said.

 Also, he said in consonance with its new status, it has upgraded its infrastructure to ensure a more resilient operation in the function of connecting other foreign IXPs and ISPs and to accentuate its capacity to handle the requisite traffic.

About AXIS:

The African Internet Exchange System(AXIS) Project of the African Union aims to keep Africa’s internet traffic local by providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa.

For more information on the African Internet Exchange System Project of the African Union, visit

About IXPN:

Founded in 2007 by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), it is a neutral and not-for-profit organization. The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) currently has four Points-of-Presence (POPs) in Lagos and four outside Lagos, covering five geo-political zones of Nigeria. IXPN has over 60 networks connected on its platform, with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Content Providers and educational institutions already exchanging huge internet traffic.

Further Information:

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