.IN Reaches 2,00,000 Registrations a Year

The .IN domain has reached 2,00,000 registrations, nearly doubling its presence in the market place since last year.


National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and Afilias India Private Limited have announced that the .IN domain has reached 2,00,000 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 6500 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.

While India rated 63 per cent in the usage of .IN domain name, 37 percent were registered outside Indian soil. Over 150 countries are represented by .IN domain owners. The most popular countries are India, US, and Germany, which together account for over 81 percent of registrations, followed by the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Switzerland and Italy.

Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications & Information Technology said, "This is an important milestone in the 10 Point Agenda for India I 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.

"We are proud to support .IN", said Ram Mohan, Director of Afilias India, who provides technical support to the .IN domain. Afilias, it is a fully integrated global provider of domain name registry services, maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India.

The Department of Information Technology (DIT) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) set up state-of-the art, hardware and software and re-launched the .IN Registry. The entire process of registration is available online.

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