Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NiRA AT CONNECT NIGERIA BUSINESS FAIR 2020

The Connect Nigeria Business Fair 2020 held virtually with streaming from Lagos, Nigeria.

Several business owners, start-ups, and individuals across various sectors of the economy on Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th August 2020, connected online to participate in the 8th Edition of the Fair which is popularly tagged as CNBIZFAIR. CNBIZFAIR is an annual business fair held in Lagos, Nigeria, where Small, Medium and Large businesses exhibit their goods and services while participating in conference sessions. The two-day business fair has featured sessions on leading-edge topics from Captains of Industry, Master-classes by Subject Matter Experts as well as hosted networking platforms for sharing, learning, and making valuable connections. It has empowered businesses all over Nigeria to grow and develop.

The virtual edition of the Business Fair tagged ‘’2020 Vision’’ attracted various business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, and important organizations including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Whogohost, The Business Platform, and others. Distinguished individuals such as Mr. Mohammed Rudman, President of NiRA; Toki Mabogunje, President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Henrietta Onwuegbuzie of Lagos Business School; Tunde Coker of Rack Centre; Fela Durotoye of Gemstone Consulting; Ubong King of Protection Plus, were all present.

Mr. Mohammed Rudman provided clarity on ‘’The business environment, future of small business in Nigeria and what to do during the global pandemic period’’. He said that businesses have opportunities to thrive by focusing on what is critical and leveraging technology. He added that It is also important during this time, to identify the critical needs of the customer and for businesses to be placed where their customers can find them. He mentioned that NiRA, the manager of the .ng domain name registry is willing to collaborate with companies to ensure that businesses have an online identity. Mr. Rudman further noted that SMEs should have a continuity plan in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and prepare for eventualities so as not to be unexpectedly impacted. Mr. Rudman reiterated that the future is bright for online businesses, particularly with the licensing of fibre infrastructure across Nigeria by the Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

At the end of this year’s event, Mr. Emeka Okafor, Managing Director, Connect Nigeria Business Fair gave the closing remarks and a vote of thanks to all the speakers and participants. It was indeed a rewarding experience!!!

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPRECIATES ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE DIAMOND JUBILEE CHALLENGE

On the 1st of October 2020, Nigeria will celebrate her diamond jubilee, 60 years of independence. The theme for the celebration is “Together as one”. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the Leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, approved an inclusive National Independence Celebration program. The FGN wants to use the opportunity to harness the power of Nigeria’s creative minds by fostering a new brand identity around the anniversary theme which will be celebrated in the public space for one year.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and with the support of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria launched the Nigeria@60 Challenge.

The challenge included selecting the best slogan, the best poem and the best photograph that embodies the theme "Together as one". The best concepts from each category of the challenge were selected by a combination of several assessment criteria including review by a jury. The voting for the best logo closed on the 15th September 2020.

According to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy: As part of the efforts to make Nigeria a digital economy and in accordance with restrictions necessitated by the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the entire event with the exception of the demo day will hold remotely via an online portal. This is to ensure safer execution.

On the 16th of September 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched and unveiled the anniversary logo that was earlier presented to the public virtually. Mr President, while unveiling the Anniversary Logo, appreciated Nigerians for their active participation. He also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment in ensuring that citizens are actively involved in the development and implementation of Government policies, programmes and projects. The selection process for all aspects of the Challenge was still ongoing and results would be announced as soon as the process was complete.

https://www.commtech.gov.ng/news-and-media/daily-news-report/376-federal-government-appreciates-active-participation-in-the-diamond-jubilee-challenge.html

MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE DOMAIN NAME INDUSTRY

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DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM

The Domain Name System (DNS) provides basic information for navigating the Internet. Every computer on the Internet has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are a string of numbers that are not easy to remember so the DNS makes it easier to use the Internet by allowing a familiar string of letters ("domain name") to be used instead of IP addresses. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit organization that manages the Domain Name System worldwide.

In the 3R model of registry business, when you register a domain name, there are three key players in the Domain Name System Ecosystem, namely the Registry, Registrar and Registrant. Of course for some registrars, there are domain resellers in the business chain but it is always the registrar’s platform that connects to the registry platform/system.

The Registry is the organization responsible for maintaining the records of domain names registered under each top-level domain (TLD). The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is the registry for the .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD). Like other registries for their TLDs, NiRA sets the rules for registration of .ng domain names under the .ng ccTLD by developing the relevant policies that govern the business under the .ng ccTLD. The responsibilities of the .ng Registry includes accepting domain name registration requests from NiRA Accredited Registrars, maintaining the database of the necessary data associated with the registration of .ng domain names and providing name servers to publish the zone file data. This is the list of all the .ng domain names and their associated IP addresses throughout the Internet.

The  Registrar is the company/organisation that can be contacted/contracted to register a domain name. The terms of the domain name registration, including fees, transfers, and renewals are governed by the registration agreement between the registrant and the registrar. ICANN-accredited registrars have agreements with ICANN and registry operators to offer domain name registration services. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the Manager, Registry  of the .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD), has the NiRA Registrar Agreement signed with its Accredited Registrars to govern the relationship between NiRA and the NiRA Accredited Registrars.

 

Domain name registrars can register/sell domain names, manage its records, renewals and transfers to other registrars. The NiRA Accredited Registers are accredited by NiRA to offer these services on the .ng ccTLD. Additional services such as privacy and proxy services are frequently offered by the registrars.

The Registrant is the entity that has registered a domain name for a fee. This entity that registers a domain name can be an individual name or an organisation/company. Domain names are usually registered for a minimum of one year and can be registered for up to ten years at a stretch depending on the rules governing the registration of domain names for a registry. For the .ng Registry, a domain name can be registered for a maximum of five years depending on the guiding rules for domain name registration. NiRA has a NiRA Registrant Agreement which provides the necessary guide for the registration of a .ng domain name. It is deemed that every Registrant has consented to abide by the NiRA Registrant Agreement with the registration of a .ng domain. As long as the Registrant abides by the NiRA Registrant Agreement, other NiRA Domain Policies and pays the necessary registration/renewal fees, the registrant can use that .ng domain name for its website and email for the duration of the registration.

It is always important that all parties in the chain fulfil their obligations for smooth operations. The Registry is not allowed to bring up arbitrary policies and there is a domain name policy development process for the benefit of all, which the Registry abides by. The Registry ensures protection of the data of the Registrants based on the Registrant Agreement. The Registrars must abide by both the Registry Agreement and its contract with the registrants. The registrants must abide by all the rules that govern the registration/renewal/transfer of a domain name. In case of disputes, there is always the Dispute Resolution Agreement which the registry provides.

We wish all harmonious relationships as all abide by the rules of domain name registration.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT AUGUST 2020

NiRA OFFERS MOUTH-WATERING .NG DOMAIN NAMES PROMO FOR THREE MONTHS

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is the registry for .ng Internet Domain Name. NiRA is responsible for maintaining the database of registered names in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet community.

.ng is Nigeria’s identity on the Internet. Like our currency, the Naira and our dialling code +234, .ng is the official ICANN approved ccTLD for Nigeria, which is globally recognized and accepted.

In January 2017, NiRA publicly declared a mechanism to be used for reducing prices of .ng domain names based on the number of actual .ng domain registrations at the second level, so as to stimulate the uptake of the .ng domain name string and demystify the perception that .ng domain names are expensive. This mechanism which is known as the “NiRA Price Charter” has been beneficial in reducing the price of .ng domain names for over three years now. However, in the light of the challenges being faced by many businesses in the COVID-19 era, NiRA desired to support businesses that require to take their products and services online.

NiRA therefore offers, as a palliative in these tough times and in an effort to promote Nigerian businesses online, to make these businesses more competitive and available, an opportunity for  all to register non-premium second level .ng domain names at a largely discounted price, for a limited period of three(3) months. 

As NiRA operates the 3-R model (registry/registrar/registrant) of operations, members of the public are encouraged to contact participating NiRA Accredited Registrars for the registration of non-premium .ng domain names at the second level at the promo price and take advantage of this opportunity. There are terms and conditions attached to this promo.

This .ng promotion is billed to commence on the 24th of August 2020 and shall run for 3 (three) months to end on the 21st of November 2020.

This is a very great opportunity for Nigerians especially start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to take their business online and make their presence felt online.

We encourage all to follow NiRA on her Social Media platforms to take advantage of the promo.