|Introduced||15 March 1995|
|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Nigeria Internet Registration Association|
|Sponsor||National Information Technology Development Agency|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Nigeria|
|Actual use||Very popular in Nigeria|
|Registered domains||157,072 (May 2020)|
|Registration restrictions||Open domains can be registered by anybody with intent to use; semi-closed and closed domains have specific industry-based restrictions.|
|Structure||Registrations can be made both at the second and third levels; NIRA may register premium domains at the second level|
|Documents||NIRA Policies[dead link]|
|Dispute policies||NIRA Dispute Resolution Policy[dead link]|
|Registry website||NIRA (Nigeria Internet Registration Association)|
The top-level domain was first delegated in 1995 to Ibukun Odusote at the Yaba College of Technology. She was made a life patron of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association in 2013 for her work.
Operations were initially handled by an organization in Italy, the Instituto per le Applicazioni Telematiche (today known as the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica), but were later transferred to Randy Bush. In 2004, .ng was re-delegated in 2004 to a Nigerian organization, the National Information Technology Development Agency, and then in 2009, re-delegated to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association.
Second level domains
- com.ng – open domain, commercial entities and businesses
- org.ng – semi-open domain, non-commercial organizations
- gov.ng – closed domain, governmental organizations
- edu.ng – closed domain, degree awarding institutions
- net.ng – closed domain, ISP infrastructure
- sch.ng – closed domain, secondary schools
- name.ng – open domain, individuals
- mobi.ng – open domain, suitable for mobile devices
- mil.ng – closed domain (Nigerian military establishments only)
- i.ng – open domain, any purpose
In addition, NIRA themselves reserve the right to register 'premium' top level domains under .ng (for example, "google.ng").
As of March 2022, there are 75 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%).
- ".NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT MAY 2020". Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA). Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- "IANA — Report on the Redelegation of the .NG Top-Level Domain". www.iana.org. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
- NIRA gets 3 life Patrons, IT Realms, Retrieved 23 January 2016
- "Vent'anni di Cnr-Iit". National Research Council.
- "NIRA Domain name policy". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "History of NiRA(new) – NiRA Website". Retrieved 1 July 2022.
- ".NG Domain usage statistics. December, 2017". Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.