According to recent news, the Indian government has now launched a National Internet Registry or “NIR”. This is a move that will make purchases of Internet protocol (IP) addresses faster and cheaper for locals in India in the coming months. With a lack of ip addresses currently, this should help balance some of the issues found there.
A local NIR in India changes everything. IP addresses have the potential to be cheaper by some 70 percent. Allowing purchases to be made in Indian rupees instead of dollars also means Internet service providers (ISPs) can now buy IP addresses from a local agency. Buying from an international one is a more time-consuming process. Before this National Internet Registry, applications went to the Asia-Pacific Network Information Center based in Australia. APNIC serves as the regional Internet registry for the Asia-Pacific region which included India.
Indian IT Minister Kapil Sibal launched the NIR for India, and said it will not only reduce costs in procuring IP addresses, but also facilitate faster access to information for cybercrime investigators and government authorities. The National Internet Exchange of India will now run the local NIR, and was recognized by APNIC last March.
IP addresses are administered by ICANN. ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and they will sell IP addresses through APNIC. Those in India will buy IP addresses only from NIR now. The ICANN CEO said the U.S.-based organization plans to grow its presence in Asia. ICANN is also considering Singapore as its first choice for an Asian hub should they choose to make a new move.
India is said to be in the middle of moving from IPv4 (Internet protocol version 4) to the newer IPv6 (Internet protocol version 6). IPv4 has run out of addresses and this new local NIR and IPv6 support will enhance and expand coverage for the protocol.