Following the announcement that Nigeria’s second-level domain, .ng will be opened up for general registration at a price of N15,000 (about $95) per domain name, Techloy can now confirm that it will be available for sale from April 16th.
For the past few days, some accredited domain registrars and resellers such as Web4Africa began prepping up their domain registration portals for what may soon become a gold rush for the .ng second level domain.
The company announced on Saturday that you will be able to register direct .ng domains (that is, yourname.ng) on its website starting from Tuesday, April 16th 2013 for only N15,000 or $93.75 per domain/year. It has also provided a pre-registration form here for those who would like to register second-level domains.
When we looked up other local domain name registrars, it seemed they were yet to get the memo and at the time of writing this post were yet to announce the availability of the .ng second-level domain for sale on their sites.
There are also indications that NiRA’s new .ng policy would see the introduction of new .ng sub-domains such as .biz.ng for sole proprietor enterprises; .plc.ng for publicly traded companies; and .ltd.ng for limited liability companies.
However, these 3 new .ng sub-domains are said to be restricted to registered companies in Nigeria only, with proof of incorporation with the country’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as the condition for registering them.
We’ll keep you updated as we know more.