Nayatel and ICANN Deploy DNS L-Root Server in Pakistan

The first instance of L-Root has been installed in Pakistan, we have checked. As per information we have received, Pakistan’s first L-Root server node was jointly launched by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Nayatel (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan’s first Fiber to The Home Service provider.

Nayatel supplied the equipment necessary for the installation of the L-Root node, along with Data Center hosting and Internet transit.

For those who don’t know, there are 13 “root,” or fully authoritative, DNS servers, identified by alphabetic letters A through M — the “L” root being one.

ISPs tend to replicate these root servers or create logical root services at local level to speed up the DNS lookup process for the native users. Nayatel’s L-Root server is one such instance that will contribute towards the stability and improved response times for the rapidly growing Internet community of Pakistan.

So with a L-Root server at Nayatel premises, internet users in Pakistan when requiring for a L-Root DNS lookup will be served at local level, instead of getting severed from a foreign location.

This cooperation between both organizations is an effort to provide security, stability and resilience to Pakistan’s Internet users and reduce the response time they experience when making Domain Name System (DNS) queries.

“Nayatel, with its commitment towards highest standard of service quality and positive contribution towards society, has partnered with ICANN and has offered its Data Center, Internet Transit, and Server Hardware to host the first L-Root DNS server instance in Pakistan. This DNS Root server, being a critical part of the Internet infrastructure will contribute towards the stability and better speed for the growing Internet community of Pakistan.” said Wahaj-us-Siraj, CEO Nayatel (Pvt) Ltd.

Computers locate one another on a network by using numeric addresses, while humans find it easier to use and remember names (for instance, users typically remember the domain name “www.abc.com” more easily than the Internet Protocol address, 203.82.48.5). DNS servers are a critical part of the Internet infrastructure because they are the first step in translating (resolving) human readable host names into IP addresses that are used in internet communication.

The Domain Name System (DNS) matches domain names with numeric addresses, in much the same way a phone book matches names to phone numbers.

Spreading root information out geographically by duplicating the root servers leads to a resilient, dispersed system that cannot be taken offline by a problem at any single instance of a given DNS root server.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Inam

    That is too cool. Nayatel will put up a tough dogfight with PTCL optical fiber Broadband!
    Thumbs up for Nayatel!

    • even to other ISP

    • Salman Qamar

      Ptcl actually have no site with fiberoptics.

  • Mohsin Raza

    F and I root server nodes are already hosted in Karachi at Cybernet and PTCL

    • Salman Qamar

      No local server never implemented by PTCL. Cybernet , not possible

      • Mohsin Raza

        Bro I have worked at PTCL I was the admin of these servers :)

        • Salman Qamar

          Can u provide the ip or city where these located.

          • Mohsin Raza

            Read my previous comments again .. i-root nodes are in PTCL f-root in Cybernet in Karachi or you can also see on http://www.root-servers.org/

          • Umair_CL

            192.36.148.17 L-root Karachi

            • Salman Qamar

              No L-root exist in karachi. You can also cnfrm at respective website

              • Mohsin Raza

                What’s ur point ? Seems like u don’t like Karachi :)

                • Salman Qamar

                  My Point is just that PTCL never implented any DNS local root server. If they did then then it should be listed in root server website

                  • abdullah

                    Mohsin Raza is actually right, if you go to the Root-servers website, you’ll find that servers F and I are located at Karachi, Pakistan.

                  • Mohsin Raza

                    I’m talking about i-root dont know why you can’t see on the root servers website.. Netnod is the company that manages i-root servers all over the world and they have i-root nodes in Karachi at PTCL datacenter, you can also visit Netnod website to verify http://www.netnod.se/

        • Muhammad Yasir

          @disqus_EqB8JKfPNP:disqus , can u tell us how do these benefit the end-user , in LAYMAN terms ?

          • Mohsin Raza

            On Internet everything has an address (IP) combination of numbers like 58.181.23.7 which is difficult to remember so alphabetical names (domain names) like http://www.yahoo.com are used instead of these IP addresses. The servers responsible for translating these domain names into IP addresses are called domain name servers or DNS. Whenever we open any website it is the root server’s responsibility to point to the correct DNS server responsible for that website. So you can imagine the importance of root servers in the world wide web. DNS queries will be faster if these root servers are nearer or response time is less. So for Pakistani internet users DNS response time will be faster if root servers are with in Pakistan. There are lots of other technical benefits as well.

      • Raja Maja

        Dear SQ,
        after reading your comments in this blog or in other blogs as well, you tried to be oversmart…………….so be calm.

  • Tahir Shabbir

    What are the DNS host Addresses for local L-ROOT Server/s.

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Nayatel seems to be trying to dominate the broadband market in pakistan and according to what I’ve heard lately, they’re succeeding in it. :)

    • Fakhre Alam

      that would be great . we need competition. just imagine the stupidity of ptcl people, they think pakistani people are only downloading things but not uploading anything. upload speed for 1-16Mbps dsl package is only 1Mbps

      • Saqib Mansoor

        PTCL in my area has actually gone on record to say that people only use the Internet for torrents and Facebook.

        • Fakhre Alam

          most of the people also use skype or other video calling software. a high upload speed of your connection is required for HD video at the receiver’s end.

        • Zawyar Ur Rehman

          Ptcl shall soon change their slogan from “hello to the future ” to ‘hello to the stone age”

          • Shahzaib Rehman

            True :D

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Ptcl just wants to extract money from us and simply keep it in the bank! Not improve its services (as we see nowadays)
        as soon as 3g/4g packages come a bit down in price (which they would due to fierce competition in 3g/4g services nowadays) nobody will stay on their network! Even i would like to make a switch for the better. But the thing that stops me is my high data usage … I use like 30 gigs of data per month! And cannot afford an internet connection more expensive than 1600 rupees. My current option is ptcl only as it is cheap.. But not for long ;)

        • Fakhre Alam

          exactly my thoughts. i will buy a 3g/4g router once they increase the data caps and lower the prices.

          • Ahmiq

            never going to happen. Data user’s network congestion will bring them to their knee’s.

            • Fakhre Alam

              i am hopeful

  • Umair_CL

    This was mentioned by the ICANN representative in the cyber secure pakistan conference few weeks back, good to see that NayaTel picked up on it and did this.

  • What a great news right after I had a rant about PKNIC DNS management over the Facebook a minute ago.

  • jahan

    Cybernet Karachi had done this for f root in 2005 https://www.nsrc.org/db/lookup/report.php?id=33&fromISO=PK

    This was followed by PTCL with I root

    Now followed by Nayatel.

    Good for redundancy for internet DNS in Pakistan.

  • Saad

    Response time = 3ms here …

    • Muhammad Yasir

      U LUCKY !!!!

  • Naru-hudo

    Im getting tired of Ptcl shit service …..hope nayatel brings amazing service to his customers and covers large areas in every city.

  • Shoaib

    Nice step taken by Nayatel. This will improve quality of service.FTTH connection is almost equal to 4G LTE connection performance wise.So tough competition will be seen between Nayatel and other 4G LTE operators.Those who will perform better in quality will succeed.Just wait and see.

  • ICANN adding hundreds of gTLD but no Pakistani organization interested in investment. I’ve build a TLD whois lookup service where you can see freshly added and updated TLDs here http://techtools.domains/tld-whois/

    On the side note, Indian organizations grabbed 26 so far …

  • The only organization who cares much about making money then its employees! Bad Management!

  • There already are F and I root servers in Karachi. Would we see an increase in performance due to this L root server?

  • Ahtisham

    Dear admin, Ministry of IT played a very important role in this agreement. I am sure no one knows, ICANN dont directly coordinate with ISP like nayatel but through Ministry and these kind of L root server and implementation of IPv6 in pakistan is the major objectives of ICANN.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    thanks alot!
    that really cleared up things.

    One last question , @disqus_EqB8JKfPNP:disqus …
    will the presence of these Root Servers NEARBY , also help us gain LOW Pings for a BETTER online gaming experience ?