After the success of .IN domain name registration, Department of Information Technology and NIXI are planning to roll out the registration of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) within seven to eight months, Dr Govind, Director, Department of IT, confirmed this to exchange4media.
IDNs are domain names or web addresses represented by regional language characters like Hindi, Telugu. The proposal may transform the way people look at Internet in India and bring it closer to the common man as he can now navigate and communicate online in his preferred script, not necessarily English.
“Though there is significant content in regional languages in India, still IDNs have been a far cry, unlike countries like Japan and China,” observed Deepak Maheswari, Secretary, ISPAI.
“To have an IDN, a person or an organisation has to apply separately, like the .IN regime,” said Amitabh Singhal, acting CEO, NIXI. He, however, added that it would take some time for IDNs to be fully operational in India because there remained several technical snags that needed to be addressed.
“There has to be advanced common language tables available keeping in view of all the peculiarities of Indian languages for accessing IDNs,” Singhal pointed out.
When asked how successful the .IN registration process had been, he said, “While the government was able to dole out only 7,000 .IN domain names, NIXI has till now registered around 125,000 .IN domain names, which is a phenomenal achievement.”
On the primary objective of NIXI to contain domestic traffic within the country, Singhal claimed that NIXI had been successful in this field by containing around 60 pc of domestic traffic, which earlier was going out of India.
On the IT Minister’s agenda to achieve migration to IPv6 by 2006, he said that a lot of experimentation was happening towards this end and it might pick up in the near future.
IPv6 or Internet Protocol Version 6 is the next generation protocol, which will replace the current version of Internet Protocol, IPv4. This will tackle the problem of growing shortage of IP addresses and ensure better security due to its built-in features.