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12|30|2010 02:55 pm EDT

.NG Registry Registers 2nd Level Domain

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

ThisDay.NG URL ScreenShotDespite the limitation of registrations to the 3rd level, it appears that the ccTLD registry (NIRA – Nigeria Internet Registration Association) for the Nigerian .NG TLD has made an exception and allowed for the registration of ThisDay.ng by the publisher of the local newspaper that has used ThisDayOnline.info to date. The site states under the new domain states that it will be launched on January 3rd, 2011.

[via OoTheNigerian]

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8 Comments

Kenny

December 30, 2010 @ 2:59 pm EDT

What does 2nd and 3rd level registration mean?

Rob Golding

December 30, 2010 @ 5:36 pm EDT

2nd and 3rd level refer to the number of “dots” in the domain
i.e. the sub-divisions of the tld

for example:
xyz would be 1st level (i.e. the TLD)
2something.xyz would be 2nd level (i.e “2something” . TLD)
3times.2something.xyz would be 3rd level (i.e. “3times” . 2ndlevel . tld)

Most ccTLDS are logically organised, so that there is some “order” to the domain regictrations (implied or regulated) by using 2LDs (2nd level domains)
e.g
.co.uk for uk companies
.org.uk for uk organisations
.me.uk for uk individuals
.sch.uk for uk schools
and so on
the co/org/me/sch part would be considered 2nd level within .uk and the part you get to specify would the 3rdlevel

jp

December 30, 2010 @ 10:53 pm EDT

I will say I do like this blog because it catches these little tidbits that the other ones miss.

Frank Michlick

December 31, 2010 @ 1:05 am EDT

@Rob: Thanks for jumping in with an explanation before I could get to it.

Domisfera

January 3, 2011 @ 4:57 pm EDT

1.4 Despite 1.3 above the Executive Board of NIRA may auction or sell at a premium limited domains on the second level.

NIRA Policy: http://nira.org.ng/media/pdf/NIRA%20Domain%20Names%20Policy.pdf

Frank Michlick

January 4, 2011 @ 1:25 pm EDT

@Domisfera: Thank you for digging deeper. Wonder what the pricing conditions are like for 2nd level domains :)

Domisfera

January 11, 2011 @ 4:33 pm EDT

NIRA has commented this in a press release (10 January 2011):
http://nira.org.ng/index.php/release

…The President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Mrs. Mary Uduma, disclosed this on Monday, saying that it’s a good development for the Nigerian internet community and development of the industry in the country…

Michael Marcovici

January 11, 2011 @ 9:15 pm EDT

the price is about 50.000 USD for a second level .ng, to my knowledge thisday.ng is the first second level domain in .ng.
Actually the NIRA policy is a killer for their entire domainspace as nobody will pay this amount for a .ng domain, but because the second level DOES exist, nobody cares about the third level.

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