India has launched a National Internet Registry (NIR) portal to promote activities relating to research, education and training spanning across areas of Internet resources and its proliferation. The portal aims to make it easier for internet service providers internet addresses.
The newly launched portal will reduce the cost of processing IP addresses and supervise IP allocation along with managing functions under National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).
The government will also bring in private stakeholders on board to make collaboration between This would ensure collaboration between Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) and Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the regional Internet registry for Asia Pacific region.
“Unless Internet access is inclusive, we will not be able to empower the people. Internet is an exceptionally powerful tool and nothing in this country should be done to emasculate the medium,” said Telecom and IT minister, Kapil Sibbal at the launch on Thursday.
National Internet Exchange (NIXI) was recognized by APNIC in early 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.
To bring down the cost of Internet access, earlier in May 2012, the Department of Telecom made it mandatory for all Internet Service Providers to connect to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).
India is gradually shifting from Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4), which presently powers vast majority of Internet traffic to the latest version IPv6 to remove the limitations owing to IP addresses that are prevalent in the current scenario. Under IPv4, India has been allocated only two lakh addresses. This is one of the biggest constraints to the adoption of intelligent IP-based network applications and devices within the country.
Through NIR, cyber crime investigators including other government authorities will be able to access faster information. And this triggers concerns amongst Internet activist about government’s growing ambition to control Internet.