Nixi to become India's national internet registry


Asia Pacific network information centre (APNIC) is responsible for the allocation and management of internet resources, including IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, across the region.Asia Pacific network information centre (APNIC) has given the 'in-principle' to National internet exchange of India (NIXI) to become India's National Internet Registry.


Nixi would be handling all the internet protocol (IP) addresses across India. The IPs is a number-based address system to identify and locate devices and facilitates data flow between them. Internet service providers (ISPs) in India would be able to choose either NIXI or APNIC, as their preferred registry to obtain IP addresses.

India is planning to get domains names in all the Indian languages. “Already Internet Corporation for assigned names and numbers (ICANN) has approved IDNs for 11 Indian languages to be handled by NIXI”, said Centre for Development of Advanced Computing’s (CDAC) associate director, Mahesh D Kulkarni. CDAC is the technological partner for NIXI. “In 2005, there were only 6000 registrants (end users) for .IN. Now there are more than a million end users for .IN across the world”, said Rajiv Kumar.

Nixi would be also be given the mandate of internationalized domain names (IDNs) for Indian languages. IDNs are the second and third level domain names or web address, represented by local language characters.

“Apart from IPs becoming cheaper, it will also help cyber crime sleuths fasten their investigation”, said, NIXI’s system analyst, Rajiv Kumar, adding, “There would be no request to APNIC regarding IP related queries. Even the waiting time due to the time zone difference between India and Australia, would reduce as it would be handled locally.”

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