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April 2013

Launch of National Internet Registry (NIR)

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On 7th March 2013, at 10.30 AM, Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, launched the portal of National Internet Registry (NIR) at a glittering ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion Sibal said that launching of NIR will ease the allocation of IP addresses within the country.

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Dr Govind, Senior Director, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & IT, and CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)

“NIR will facilitate the allocation of IP resources to large number of small and medium companies within the country. The services can be charged in local currency to avoid exchange losses. It will also facilitate local training and development, thereby providing local language support to the entities in India”

NIXI was recognized by Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in March 2012 to become the NIR for the country after successful demo of the indigenous software and systems developed for the allocation and management of Internet resources. National Internet Registry (NIR) coordinates the allocation of Internet Protocol address with other Internet resource management function at a national level in the country.
APNIC is a regional Internet registry which coordinates the Internet Protocol address allocations and other Internet resource management is the Asia-Pacific region. NIR functions under the overall umbrella of Regional Internet Registry (RIR) which is Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) based in Brisbane, Australia.
The NIR has been named as Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN). Collective efforts of NIXI and ISPAI have led to the formation of IRINN in the country. It is a major milestone towards setting up of Critical Internet Resource management function in the country. Setting up of NIR under NIXI will not only reduce cost in procuring IP address but will also facilitate faster access to information for cyber crime investigators and Government authorities.
Creation of NIR will help promote activities related to research, education and training covering the areas of Internet Resources and its proliferation.

Established in 2003, the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) is the neutral meeting point of the ISPs in India. Its main purpose is to facilitate exchange of domestic Internet traffic between the peering ISP members. This enables more efficient use of international bandwidth, saving foreign exchange. It also improves the Quality of Services for the customers of member ISPs, by avoiding multiple international hops and thus reducing latency. Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India, has endorsed the operations of National Internet Registry (NIR) to National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). IRINN is a division functioning under NIXI and provides allocation and registration services of Internet Protocol addresses (IPv4 & IPv6) and Autonomous System numbers to its Affiliates .It is a not-for-profit, Affiliates based entity, with the primary goal of allocation of Internet resources to its Affiliates.
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