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NiRA inks deal to boost IPv6 in the country

The Nigeria Internet Registration Agency (NiRA) has sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and its Academy in Kenya, to develop and certify skills in Internet number resources management to grow IPv6 in Nigeria.

Currently, IPv6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol, which provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet

President of NiRA, Rev. Sunday Folayan announced this in Lagos, explaining that the MoU agreement creates access to IPv6 certification for Nigerian system and network engineers and provides the opportunity for the country to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers, patterned after AFRINIC model.

Folayan said the training would be conducted at the NiRA Academy, using AFRINIC course wares and certified trainers for the certification programmes.

Also the agreement between NiRA and the Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC), the mangers of the .ke Country Top Level Domain (ccTLD), specified the mutual rights and obligations of both parties.

The cooperation will give NIRA accredited registrars the opportunity to register domain names directly in the Kenyan registry; pay in their local currency and vice versa. This will boost the quantity of domain names registered in both registries and also have a positive impact on the domain name business in Africa.

On the commencement of nominations for the .ng awards, Folayan said the domain seeks to celebrate the achievements and innovation of Nigeria Internet initiatives.

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