Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT OCTOBER 2019

2019 NiRA BLOGGERS SUMMIT

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is scheduled to host the 2nd edition of the NiRA Bloggers Summit tagged “Maximizing Technology to Build Profitable Blogging Businesses” on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at Royal Damgrete Hotel, 13-16 Factory Road, GRA, Umuahia, Abia State.

The Bloggers Summit, launched in October 2018, was conceived as a vehicle to increase the avenue for networking amongst bloggers, create an environment to promote responsible blogging, particularly in this era of fake news and hate speech, as well as foster the development of responsible reportage using new media.
The 2019 Bloggers Summit is a one-day conference which aims to attract bloggers, journalists, media entrepreneurs, and stakeholders within the blogging community to learn, network, and cultivate their presence in the online community. The objectives of the summit are to:

  • encourage stellar online behavior within the internet and blogging community;
  • stimulate the industry by ensuring that Bloggers develop and publish content relevant to the society and around burning issues such as Internet Governance;
  • encourage responsible journalism through blogging
  • create job opportunities for Nigerians

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is pleased to invite all bloggers, aspiring bloggers, journalists, content developers, media entrepreneurs, and stakeholders within the internet community to join her at the 2019 NiRA Bloggers Summit.

AFRINIC APPOINTS A NEW CEO

The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) has appointed Mr. Eddy Mabano Kayihura as the next CEO after a rigorous recruitment process. Mr. Kayihura joined AFRINIC on 04 November 2019. Mr. Kayihura, 43, brings on board a wealth of experience acquired over a period of more than 20 years as a chief executive officer, chief information technology officer (CIO), a network engineer, software developer among other positions in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Before his appointment as AFRINIC’s CEO, Mr. Kayihura had worked as a telecommunications, financial technology (fin-tech), and IT infrastructure Consultant in Rwanda.

Mr. Kayihura holds an MBA International Business from Oklahoma Christian University, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the National University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, and numerous other professional qualifications. Mr. Kayihura joins AFRINIC at a time when the organistion is beefing up its operational capacity and his experience and expertise will drive the necessary changes, as well as ensure the organisation continues to be a major catalyst for both Internet development and use in Africa.

ICANN68 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION ROUND NOW OPEN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on 15th November 2019 opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN68. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN68 is a Policy Forum. The meeting will be held from 22nd to 25th June 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The deadline to apply is 15th December 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 24th February 2020 via https://icann.org/.

The ICANN Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

IXPN UPGRADES SWITCHES TO OFFER 25GE, 40GE PORTS

As part of efforts to improve performance, service, and scalability that are critical to today’s evolving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), has acquired Switches capable of 25GE and 40GE ports for its entire network in Lagos.

The Chief Executive Officer of IXPN and President of NiRA, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos, said the upgrade of the switches would help the company address the current and anticipated needs of its members. “The essence of upgrading our core switches is to keep up with global trends and to ensure that the expectations of our members are met, this would allow us to offer 25Gbps and 40Gbps (Gigabits per second) ports to our existing and potential members. Prior to this time, we could only provide a maximum capacity of 10Gbps. With the acquisition of the current switches, IXPN is providing an opportunity to our members to scale and to get access to the latest features.” Rudman said. He added that the upgrade would provide more switching platforms for the Exchange customers that need high capacity, and also, boost the scalability of the exchange by accommodating more volume of traffic.

The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria has recorded an increase in membership, with the connection of seven new members, making a total membership of 66 getting direct access to multiple internet networks with a single connection, he revealed These new members, according to the company are Bitflux, Brainshare Technologies, Cynox-IT, Microsoft, SoftAlliance, WACREN and WIOCC:

This necessitated the addition of the 4th Point of Presence to its list of Lagos POPs, which is at Interconnect ClearingHouse Nigeria Limited’s Data Centre at NECOM House, located in Lagos. Thus, members interested in connecting to the exchange point within Lagos Island can now establish their connection at the ICNL data centre. Meanwhile, IXPN is on the verge of launching what can be described as a standard training facility, where its members and the general public will constantly receive capacity building/training in tandem with the fast-growing Information and Communications Technology industry.

The facility, located at the IXPN’s corporate office in Lagos is set for launch this month and will be used for training IXPN’s members on topical issues affecting their services, with facilitators regularly drawn from local and international organisations. Speaking on what informed the decision to setup the training facility, the Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, Mr. Rudman noted that the capacity building facility is borne out of the fact that the ICT ecosystem is evolving rapidly and it has become imperative to have an avenue for increasing the knowledge base of members and generally players in the industry. “As a regional IXP with 66 members presently connected to the exchange point, we felt it was high time we upgraded our facilities to include capacity building for our members, so as to tackle the current dearth of technical skills in the ecosystem and to also keep our members abreast of the latest trends in internet technologies,” he said.