.in becomes leading code

New Delhi, November 5:

The India-specific .in Internet address has touched the 200,000 registration mark, firmly establishing it as a leading country code domain globally with most of the users in India, the US and Germany. The registration mark is almost double since last year, according to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and Afilias India Pvt Ltd today.

The domain initially started with 6,500 registrations before it was re-launched in January last year by Department of Information Technology (DIT) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), said an official press release. “This is an important milestone in the 10 Point Agenda for India that was introduced in 2004, as .in is now firmly established as a leading country code domain and reflects India’s leadership in technology and the Internet,” said minister for communications and information technology, Dayanidhi Maran.

“The government would shortly introduce the registration of .in domains in native Indian languages, beginning with Tamil and Malayalam,” Maran added.

More than 150 countries are represented by the .in domain name.