March 9, 2016: AFRINIC and the Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the deployment of a copy of the L-Root DNS Root Name Server in Morocco as part of the Root Server Copy Project (AfRSCP). L-Root, one of the world’s 13 Root Name Servers, is operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The new Root Name Server copy will boost Africa’s critical Internet infrastructure and improve Internet stability and resiliency throughout the region.
“The African Root Server Copy Programme facilitates the deployment of more root name servers in Africa, to increase the resilience of the Internet's domain name system,” said Alan Barrett, CEO AFRINIC. “AFRINIC is pleased to provide equipment and technical expertise in support of this programme, which benefits Internet exchange points (IXPs), network operators, regulators, and indeed all Internet users in Africa, by providing faster and more reliable access to DNS root name servers. This MoU demonstrates AFRINIC's ongoing commitment to work with ICANN as the L-root operator, and with African organisations such as ANRT, to support an open, stable, and resilient Internet in Africa. By increasing the number of root server copies, we are able to keep traffic local, mitigate some of the risks of DDoS attacks and large scale connectivity outages, decrease latency and improve access.”
About the Root Name Servers
The authoritative name servers that serve the DNS root zone are commonly known as Root Name Servers. There are 13 Root Name Servers, each with an identifying letter from A-M. Although only 13 names are used, there are over 350 physical servers (copies of some of the 13 Root Name Servers) spread all over the world. Having multiple copies distributed on different continents provides high performance DNS lookup independent of the user's location, further increasing access, Internet speeds and Internet infrastructure stability.