The Government of India has officially launched the National Internet Registry (NIR) which deals with allocation of the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses thus making it available at cheaper costs. A separate department called the Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) has been set up for managing and allocating IP addresses. Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, plans to bring private stakeholders on board to make the outfit more professional and in line with global standards. With technological advancements, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India are running out of addresses for Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and hence the need to switch to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
This launch basically ensures that IP addresses can be bought locally from NIR as compared to buying it from Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). This will not only reduce cost in procuring an IP address but will also facilitate faster access to information for cyber crime investigators and Government authorities. Creation of NIR will also help promote activities related to research, education and training covering the areas of Internet Resources and its proliferation, added Sibal.