ⓘ .ng


ⓘ .ng

.ng is the Internet country code top-level domain for Nigeria.

On May 13, 2009, IANA Internet Assigned Numbers Authority completed the process of re-delegation of the.ng domain name from temporary authorities to the current Nigerian ones. For many years, Randy Bush had been the Technical contact of the.ng domain name. With the IANA re-delegation, the technical contact is now the local Nigerian DNS administrator, while the administrative contact is the president of Nigeria Internet Registration Association.

To speed up the process of registering.ng domain names, NIRA has accredited a first batch of 29 Domain registrars, most of whom are Nigerian companies. Registrars are categorized into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Standard categories.


1. Second level domains

  • gov.ng – closed domain, governmental organizations
  • net.ng – closed domain, ISP infrastructure
  • mobi.ng – open domain, suitable for mobile devices
  • mil.ng – closed domain Nigerian Military Establishments only
  • org.ng – semi-open domain, non-commercial organizations
  • i.ng – open domain, All purpose and businesses
  • name.ng – open domain
  • sch.ng – closed domain, Secondary Schools
  • edu.ng – closed domain, degree awarding institutions
  • com.ng – open domain, commercial entities and businesses

In addition, NIRA themselves reserve the right to register premium top level domains under.ng for example, google.ng.

Ibukun Odusote was the first contact person for the.ng domain name and she was made a life patron of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association in 2013 for her pioneering work.


2. Statistics

In January 2018 there were more than 60 registrars accredited by NIRA. The most popular domain zone is.com.ng, having almost 70% of all national domains registered. The.ng domain comes next 17% although within the zone a domain name is shorter, domain registration here costs several times more than in.com.ng while.org.ng, which is usually used by non-profit organisations, ranks third 7%.