Eleven Root Server Copies in the Region


After the agreement signed this month with SVNet of El Salvador for installing a copy of the “L” root server in the city of San Salvador, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) has now installed eleven copies of DNS root servers throughout the region.

The new DNS server copy installed in Central America will allow significantly improving the direct connection of users and service providers in El Salvador and strengthen Internet stability and security in the country. It will also expand the potential uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the different countries of the region.

The new server will be put into operation thanks to an agreement with SVNet, the organization in charge of operating El Salvador’s country code top level domain (.sv). The server is an “anycast” copy or clone of one of the 13 original Internet servers worldwide (ten in the United States, two in Europe, one in Japan), and once in operation it will be indistinguishable from the original.

This initiative is part of LACNIC’s +RAICES project which since 2004 has made it possible to install eleven root server copies in Latin America and the Caribbean with the aim of improving network infrastructure throughout the continent and making a relevant contribution to Internet stability both at regional as well as at global level.

To date, +RAICES has made it possible to install copies in ten Latin American and Caribbean countries: eight copies of the F root server (Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Curacao, St. Maarten, and Haiti) and three copies of the L root server (Uruguay, Ecuador, and El Salvador).

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