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A Message From The President

  November 6, 2014                       Volume 2 No. 42
NIRA, IXPN host FUDMA students in Lagos
On Wednesday 29th October 2014, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) received in Lagos, 300 Level students of both Mathematics and Computer Science and IT Programmes on academic visit from Federal University Dutsin-MA (FUDMA), Katsina State.
The visit was part of their compulsory academic programme called “Lab Field work for Mathematical Sciences/Computers I”, to blend their theoretical knowledge with what is obtainable in the industry/field.

The Thirty Eight (38) students and five (5) academic staff, including Professor Johnson O. Fatokun, the Dean Faculty of Science and Education were introduced to the operations of both NiRA and IXPN and how the organizations facilitate the operations of the Internet in Nigeria.
 
We seized the opportunity to “catch them” and enlightened the students on the workings of the Internet, about Routing (Border Group Protocols) and Domain Name System (DNS).  The future of our nation depends on educated citizens because knowledge is power. It was a fine opportunity to bring these students on board the .NG domain name business.
 
There were presentations and discussions on Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), how the Internet came about, the need for IXPs to facilitate the operations of the Internet within a given geographical boundary (Nigeria as a case study) and how best institutions can connect to IXPN and maximize the benefits of the connection.
The students were informed that NiRA is the Registry for .ng Internet Domain names and maintains the database of names registered in the .NG country code top level domain (ccTLD), a self-regulating body and managers of the .NG national resource. The management of the .NG ccTLD name space is in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet community.
The students were informed on the benefits of .NG domain names to Nigerians. Some of these being our brand and identity, the security reasons to be recognized as a Nigerian entity, job opportunities from the .NG domain name business, the global appeal of .NG domain names and obvious sign of patriotism, to promote our own .NG domain names.
It was a pleasurable experience hosting the young generation and passing on knowledge.
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Thank you!
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
 
News!  News!!  News!!!
ICANN 52 Meeting relocates to Singapore,
…Marrakech, Morocco now early 2016


In view of Community concerns, ICANN was constrained to move its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015) from Marrakech, Morocco to Singapore for the same dates. This is to ensure maximum participation at ICANN 52, a critical meeting given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability.
 
The ICANN Board voted to make this decision. ICANN 52 will now hold at the Raffles City Convention Center in Singapore, the site of ICANN 41 (June 2011) and ICANN 49 (March 2014). ICANN had indicated that the Meeting website with the new information will be set up shortly. Funded travelers will be contacted by travel support to book for ICANN52 following the regular process.
 
ICANN Board also confirmed its intent to hold the first ICANN 2016 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco taking into account the vital role of the African region to the success of ICANN's globalization efforts.
Source: ICANN

 
Domain Report from 1st January to 31st October, 2014
There was a remarkable increase in the number of domain names renewed in October 2014. Additional 1,581 domain names were registered, with renewal of 1,136 domain names and transfer on only 55 domain names.
More awareness is being created on the benefits of having and maintaining the .NG domain names. Thus far this year, as at 31st October 2014, we had 15,625 (Fifteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Five only) domain names registered.
The number of NiRA Accredited Registrars has increased to 46 with some Registrar applications undergoing processing.
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AfICTA, NTRA, ICANN join hands on DNS Entrepreneurship Workshop
 To engage the stakeholders in Africa and the Middle East, ICANN joined the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) and Egypt's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in organizing a first of its kind two-day workshop on DNS Entrepreneurship.

The workshop tagged “Building a Sustainable Domain Names Business in Africa and the Middle East” held from 4th to 5th November 2014 at Cairo Intercontinental City Stars, Cairo, Egypt.

 
 
The ICANN regional engagement strategies and the communities in both Africa and the Middle East have identified "strengthening the domain name industry" as a strategic area that requires enormous effort. This unique workshop was a step forward in further awareness and development of the DNS in both regions. It also aligns with ICANN's regional strategic objectives in raising awareness and demonstrating how the African and Middle Eastern domain name business and industry can rise up to the challenges at hand. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14)
Dates: 20 October – 7 November 2014
Venue: BEXCO, Busan, Republic of Korea 
www.itu.int

Initial Registry Operators Course
Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014 | Lancers INN Maseru, Lesotho
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eNIGERIA 2014
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
THEME: CREATING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS ICT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
DATE: 18th-20th November 2014
VENUE: Transcorp Hilton Hotel
TIME: 9am Daily

AFRINIC 21:
22nd to 28th  November 2014 Mauritius
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