The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has accreted one of Nigeria’s leading registrar, Upperlink, in what will make the Internet domain name company the first in the country and eighth registrar in Africa.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Segun Akano, the Managing Director/CEO”]Akano adds that the .ng domain “is a shorter and unique domain”, one of the unique value propositions of the Nigerian Internet name for the local and global Internet community. [/blockquote]
With the new status, Upperlink would serve Nigerian and international markets and the company believes that the local Internet ecosystem’s density will be boosted with the accreditation coming from the global Internet body.
Segun Akano, the Managing Director/CEO of the company said that as an ICANN registrar, Upperlink would offer Nigerians opportunities to register any domain name extension such as .com, .org, .net, among others at affordable prices locally.
Upperlink’s accreditation by ICANN follows a similar exercise that was achieved in Ghana, Senegal and South Africa, he said.
The company’s core areas are in internet and mobile applications, software development and deployment, database management, systems integration and cloud solutions.
“As the leading Nigeria Internet Registration Association [NIRA]’s registrar, Upperlink is in the forefront of registrars spearheading the migration of Nigerian companies from .com to the .ng domain name, which is Nigeria’s Country Code Top Level Domain, which is the second level extension.”
Akano adds that the .ng domain “is a shorter and unique domain”, one of the unique value propositions of the Nigerian Internet name for the local and global Internet community.
Upperlink said it has developed a robust domain registration platform in accordance with ICANN’s standards with complementary domain services such as hosting, IPv6 accessibility, trademark validation and an excellent support service.
ICANN, the non-profit organisation that coordinates the Internet’s global domain name system, has introduced competition in the registrar marketplace, which has produced over 890 accredited registrars that are offering a range of registration services.
Akano said with the accreditation, Upperlink “will serve Nigeria and all African countries for any purposes related to domain names business”.
ICANN is responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of several databases of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet, and ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. The numbering facilities include the Internet Protocol address spaces (IPv4 and IPv6) and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries.
ICANN maintains registries of Internet protocol identifiers, and the management of the top-level domain name space (DNS root zone), which includes the operation of root name servers. Much of its work has concerned the DNS policy development for internationalization of the DNS system and introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs), the body said.