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A Letter From The President

December 16, 2013                       Volume 1 No. 19
Get identified in cyberspace with .NG
The 2013 edition of the eNigeria may have come and gone, but the rhythm would continue to linger with us for, at least, another 12 months.

Some highlights at this year’s edition included the presence of Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi Sambo who officially declared eNigeria 2013 conference open, with exciting expression of commitments from the government led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

The event, which held between December 3-5 at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja business district, saw the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology (CommTech) and supervising Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, among other participants being welcomed by the Acting Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr. Sani Daura, with the central theme on 'Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria: The journey so far'

eNigeria 2013 also had a lineup of speakers including yours sincerely, who made presentation on ‘Domain Name System (DNS) Business: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs.’ Explaining that NIRA is a ‘Local Content’ driven organization based on its formation as a stakeholder-led organization, hence, NIRA is not a governing or regulatory body, but mangers of the .NG national resource. 

I tasked participants and Nigerians to ensure they are well and correctly identified on the cyber space, especially by getting involved with .NG. “Get your identity in cyber space today. Make your switch today. Visit www.nira.org.ng today to make the difference.”

Further, NiRA is an independent not-for-profit organization that manages the .NG country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet communities.

While Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network, associated with various information domain names assigned to each of the participating entities.

Also an often-used analogy to explain the Domain Name System is that it serves as the phone book for the Internet by translating human-friendly computer hostnames into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. For example, the domain name www.example.com translates to the addresses 93.184.216.119 (IPv4) and 2606:2800:220:6d:26bf:1447:1097:aa7 (IPv6). 

However, a business opportunity involves sale or lease of any product, service, and equipment to name a few that would enable the purchaser-licensee to begin a business.  Just as a domain is like an estate.

I made it obvious that Domain Names have value, appreciates and could be leased or rented as well as sold at any time for a good money; emphasising that DNS business involves registry, registrar, reselling, hosting, domaining and support services.

With this expose in mind as we close the year 2013, it is important to think of Nigeria positively, especially by proactively adding value to the industry, and particularly the Internet industry in Nigeria. NiRA is open for new ideas. Do well to enjoy the season and reach out to others you may be better off than.
Compliments of the season from all of us at NIRA Secretariat!

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
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e-Business accelerates economic growth – Banjo


President of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), a stakeholder member of NiRA, Engr. Bayo George Banjo has said it that electronic business, also known as e-Business accelerates economic growth in many countries globally.
     Addressing participants at the two-day 2013 e-Business Conference, in Lagos, Banjo said that with so many developments in the Nigeria information and communication technology sector (ICT) sector, Nigeria is set and has already joined the rest of the world in driving its economy with e-Business.
     E-business, he said, is simply an internet technology driven business which has continued to catalyse to accelerated economic growth in many countries globally.
     Most significant developments in the sector which include the African mobile phone personal computers and liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing plant set up by RLG, a $10 million factory that will be sited in Osun State, and would be opened before 2013 closes.
     NIG boss, noted this is cheering news because major foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has consistently shunned the idea of citing assembly plants in Nigeria, blaming infrastructural deficit as a major challenge.
AfriNIC allocates 47m IP in 20yrs - CEO



The chief executive officer of AfriNIC, the Internet number registry for Africa, Mr. Adiel Akplogan, has disclosed that in the last 20 years of AfriNIC, an estimated 47m Internet Protocol (IP) addresses have been allocated.

Speaking at the recently ended African ICT Week at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. Akplogan said also that Africa now boosts in excess of 20 Internet exchanges on the continent.

On the IP version 4 (IPv4) number resources, he said that the 10m allocated between 1993 and 2004 that 83 per cent were in use in South Africa, even as 40 countries now has about 200 networks and in between 2005 and 2013 47m allocations were made with 33 per cent in South Africa.

Africa, he said, has 289 networks with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), thus 35 per cent network penetration, while 48 countries have IPv6 prefix and operators are embracing IPv6 in Africa.

Akplogan also hinted that 22 Exchange Points currently are in operation, 19 copy of root server reside in Africa, whereas 3 AfriNIC Anycasts with 110 Gb/S available for the continent and plans to deploy more than 20 before the end of 2014.
High-Level panel on Internet Governance ends in UK

A panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms (GICGM), an diverse group of global stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations, concluded its one-day session in London at the weekend.
     GICGM which held its first meeting in London to discuss global Internet cooperation and governance mechanisms, was formerly known as the Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation.
     The panel expressed strong support for a multistakeholder approach to the future of Internet governance. Whereas the conversations held at the London meeting were facilitated by a team of Internet governance experts. The discussion will be taken online in the coming days at 1Net.org, according to Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is the chairman of the Panel.
     "The world relies on the Internet for economic, social, and political progress. It is imperative to ensure emerging issues are properly addressed in a global context, without individual governments or intergovernmental organizations developing their own solutions," he said.
     Vint Cerf, vice-chair of the Panel pointed out that the success of the Internet is rooted in a distributed and bottom-up model, with openness and collaboration at its core.
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