The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has announced that the ‘.IN’ domain has reached two lakh registrations, nearly doubling its presence in the market place since last year.
The .IN registry has grown to nearly 30 times the initial size of approximately 6,500 domains prior to the January 2005 re-launch. The re-launch included a more competitive price, expanded eligibility, a state-of-the-art technology platform, and broader distribution through the global registrar network.
NIXI further said that 63 per cent of the .IN registrations were from within the country, while 37 per cent registrations were from outside the country. Over 150 countries have .IN domain owners, of which the most popular are India, the US, and Germany, which together account for over 81 per cent of the registrations, followed by the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Switzerland and Italy.
Expressing his happiness over the significant increase, Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications & Information Technology, said, “This is an important milestone in the 10-point agenda for India introduced in 2004, as .IN is now firmly established as a leading country code domain and reflects India’s leadership in technology and the Internet.”
Maran further said that the Government would shortly introduce the registration of .IN domains in native Indian languages, beginning with Tamil and Malayalam Since .IN is unrestricted, organisations and individuals across India can now reach their audience with an Internet address that proudly proclaims their Indian affinity.
It may be recalled that the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and NIXI had taken the initiative of setting up of the state-of-the art hardware and software and re-launched the .IN registry. The entire process of registration is available online. The opening of the .IN registry has significantly improved and broadened the availability of the domain names.
Internet domain names worldwide have assumed greater significance in recent times with the Internet increasingly being used as an effective medium for communication, governance, education and commerce. The system of registration of domain names can facilitate the proliferation of Internet in a country. Many countries have, therefore, adopted liberal and market friendly policies to register large number of domain names under their country code, broadly consistent with globally accepted policy and procedures of domain registration.