Govt launches National Internet Registry

Using Internet services will become cheaper with the Government on Thursday launching National Internet Registry (NIR) in the country.

This will enable Internet service providers to buy Internet protocol (IP) addresses from this registry in India, instead of buying it from international agencies.

Till now, companies wanting to get an IP addresses in the country had to apply to APNIC (a regional Internet registry based in Australia), which was time consuming and also expensive. By setting up a local NIR, buying IP addresses will get cheaper by around 70 per cent. This also allows Indians can buy the IP addresses in Indian rupees instead of paying in dollars.

“For example, if an IP address was costing $2,000 (Rs 1.08 lakh), now it can be bought at around $800 (Rs 43,200). This will ultimately make the Internet services cheaper to end consumers as the service providers can sell the IP addresses cheaper to its customers,” an Internet service provider said.

While launching the registry Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said,” Setting up of NIR will not only reduce cost in procuring IP address but will also facilitate faster access to information for cyber crime investigators and Government authorities.” The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) had entrusted the operations of NIR to National Internet Exchange of India earlier, which was recognised by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in March last year.

Globally, IP addresses are controlled by the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Though, ICANN will remain the mother source of getting the IP addresses and will sell it through APNIC, India will buy the IP addresses from NIR only.

ronendrasingh.s@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 7, 2013)
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