Introduction of".IN Domain Name"
.in is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for India. The domain is operated by INRegistry under the authority of NIXI, the National Internet Exchange of India. INRegistry was appointed by the government of India.
As of 2005, liberalised policies for the .in domain allow unlimited second-level registrations under .in. Unlimited registrations under the previously structured existing zones are also allowed:
.in (available to anyone; used by companies, individuals, and organizations in India)
.co.in (originally for banks, registered companies, and trademarks)
.firm.in (originally for shops, partnerships, liaison offices, sole proprietorships)
.net.in (originally for Internet service providers)
.org.in (originally for non-profit organizations)
.gen.in (originally for general/miscellaneous use)
.ind.in (originally for individuals)
Six zones are reserved for use by qualified organizations in India:
.ac.in (Academic institutions)
.edu.in (Educational institutions)
.res.in (Indian research institutes)
.ernet.in (Indian Educational Research institutes)
.gov.in (Indian government)
.mil.in (Indian military)
Before the more liberal policies for the .in domain, only 7000 names had been registered between 1992 and 2004. By the end of 2006, that number had increased to over 200,000, with names registered by web users in over 150 countries. Roughly 80% of the registrants are from India, Germany, and the United States.