The registration of Nigeria’s domain name, .ng – grew by 15 per cent year-on-year and reached 142,476 in July 2019. According to an analysis of data obtained from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) showed that the country recorded 18,664 more .ng domains in July 2019 as against 123,812 in July 2018.
The Nigerian domain name report for July showed that there were 122,483 active domain names at the third level and another 19,993 active domain names at the second level, 5,731 new registrations, 3,494 domain renewals and 115 domain restorations, making a total of 142,476 domains as of July 2019.
The NiRA data showed that the number of .ng domain in May this year was 139,200 and 140,709 in June. The data also showed that about 15,775 new domain registrations were recorded in the three months under review; with 9,956 domain renewals and 333 domains were restored to other registrars.
According to NiRA, the growing number of registration shows that Nigerians continue to embrace the .ng brand and indicates the efforts of the NiRA accredited registrars in growing the .ng brand.
In response to complaints by Nigerians over the high cost of registering the country’s top-level domain name, .ng, NiRA had said it was considering a downward review of the cost as from next year.
It was gathered that while a .com domain name can be registered for as low as N2,000, a cheap .ng registration is sold for N11,000 while the premium names are sold for as high as N1m.
Hopefully, the Nigerian government will consider the increase in numbers and eventually effect the downward cost of the domain name.