.ng
NIRA
Introduced15 March 1995
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryNigeria Internet Registration Association
SponsorNational Information Technology Development Agency
Intended useEntities connected with  Nigeria
Actual usePopular in Nigeria and abroad
Registered domains157,072 (May 2020)[1]
Registration restrictionsOpen domains can be registered by anybody with intent to use; semi-closed and closed domains have specific industry-based restrictions.
StructureRegistrations can be made both at the second and third levels; NIRA may register premium domains at the second level
DocumentsNIRA Policies[dead link]
Dispute policiesNIRA Dispute Resolution Policy[dead link]
Registry websiteNIRA (Nigeria Internet Registration Association)

.ng is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Nigeria. It is overseen by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

History

The top-level domain was first delegated in 1995 to Ibukun Odusote at the Yaba College of Technology.[2] She was made a life patron of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association in 2013 for her work.[3]

Operations were initially handled by an organization in Italy, the Instituto per le Applicazioni Telematiche[2] (today known as the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica [it]),[4] but were later transferred to Randy Bush.[2] In 2004, .ng was re-delegated in 2004 to a Nigerian organization, the National Information Technology Development Agency,[2] and then in 2009, re-delegated to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association.[2]

Second level domains

In addition, NIRA themselves reserve the right to register 'premium' top level domains under .ng (for example, "google.ng").[5]

Statistics

As of March 2022, there are 75 registrars accredited by NIRA.[6] The most popular domain zone is .com.ng, having almost 70% of all national domains registered. The .ng domain comes next (17%) although within the zone a domain name is shorter, domain registration here costs several times more than in .com.ng while .org.ng, which is usually used by non-profit organisations, ranks third (7%).[7]

References

  1. ^ ".NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT MAY 2020". Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA). Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "IANA — Report on the Redelegation of the .NG Top-Level Domain". www.iana.org. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  3. ^ NIRA gets 3 life Patrons, IT Realms, Retrieved 23 January 2016
  4. ^ "Vent'anni di Cnr-Iit". National Research Council.
  5. ^ "NIRA Domain name policy". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ "History of NiRA(new) – NiRA Website". Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  7. ^ ".NG Domain usage statistics. December, 2017". Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.