COMSATS Internet Services and ICANN Deploy DNS L-Root Server in Pakistan

COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) has successfully deployed L-Root mirror server in Pakistan.

This is a joint venture between CIS and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for administering and coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS) worldwide.

On a background note, the root-servers are core of the Internet DNS, identified by letters A through M. This new L-Root instance in Pakistan will strengthen country’s DNS operation, overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

ICANN is accountable for assigning distinctive numeric address to each domain throughout the world, making it easier for the server to locate that domain. ICANN undertakes key technical services which are critical for the undisrupted operation of Domain Name System (DNS).

On this achievement, ICANN’s VP for Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East; Mr. Baher Esmat said

We are very pleased with this partnership with COMSATS Internet Services, and to see the second L-root instance deployed in Pakistan. ICANN continues its efforts to strengthen the stability and resiliency of the Internet naming system and we look forward to working with other partners in Pakistan to bring in more L-root instances into the country.

This means internet users will experience a reduce response time when making DNS queries.  This collaboration by both organizations is a step towards more resilient, stable and secure Internet for Pakistani users.

Upon this collaborated effort Amir Malik, CEO of CIS shared his thoughts:

CIS being the pioneer of Internet service provider in Pakistan has always foresighted the use of internet and has been efficacious in facilitating our users with consistent internet services. This collaboration with ICANN is another effort in which our main aim is to provide instantaneous and unwavering internet services for its users.

This will help us in managing a better and more integrated server system. The introduction of the L-Root mirror will significantly increase the inter-networking efficiency of country’s Internet infrastructure. It will not only benefit our Internet users, but also provides a firm basis to promote overall eco-system.

This L-root server instance is IPv6-enabled, which will help in maintaining functional DNS service on IPv6 locally. This opportunity holds a vital role in encouraging the local community to yield optimum advantage of this instance by adopting IPv6.

Talal is the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]