Accomplishing the agreement signed during the
LACNIC X meeting, in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, on May of the current
year, LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry),
ISC (Internet Systems Consortium), AEPROVI (Internet Service Providers
and Information Technologies Association, the NAP.EC administrator) and
NIC.EC (Domain Registry .EC) installed today in Quito the fifth DNS Root
Server for Latin America and the Caribbean, in the frame of +RAICES Project.
In the opening event that took place today August 14, participated the
Chief Executive Officer of LACNIC Raul Echeberria, the President of the
National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) Juan Carlos Avilés, the
representative of ISC Peter Losher, the President of AEPROVI Jorge
Maldonado, the Executive Director of AEPROVI Francisco Balarezo, and the
General Manager of NIC.EC Victor Abboud.
The installation of this copy, which is hosted by the NAP Ecuador,
implies a suitable improvement in the direct access to the net by
Ecuadorian users and Internet services providers. It is supported by
LACNIC and received equipment from Cisco System.
The +Raices Project is an initiative undertaken by LACNIC jointly with
the ISC to promote the installation of F Root Server copies in Latin
America and the Caribbean. This project has enabled the installation of
fifth copies in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Panamá and Ecuador, which
in turn has translated into noticeable improvements in direct network
access for users and Internet service providers of these countries and a
relevant contribution to the stability of the Internet both within the
entire region as well as at global level.
This project is an example of the multistakeholder cooperation models
promoted by the World Summit on the Information Society, one through
which both government and private organizations can work collaboratively
in benefit of Internet stability and growth in the region, goals to
which LACNIC is strongly committed.
Likewise, with this project LACNIC is contributing to the achievement of
the goals agreed by the Region's Governments (eLAC 2007) and which will
be evaluated in November 2007 in El Salvador.
The domain name system (DNS) is made up by millions of interconnected
servers. Root servers are the ones that possess the information that
initiate queries to this system. A technical limitation does not allow
the existence of more than thirteen root servers, and they are
identified by the letters A through M. Of these thirteen original root
servers, ten were located in the United States, two in Europe and one in
Japan, a fact that generated quite a bit of concern in view of the small
number of servers and their geographic concentration.
In order to solve this problem, during the past few years a new
technique known as anycast is being used. This technique allows creating
clones (known as mirrors) of these root servers; once these mirrors are
in operation they are indistinguishable from the original servers. This
adds more efficiency to the system and at the same time provides greater
security and stability. The installations of the root servers are made
by the anycast technology in the frame of +Raices project
As you may remember, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address
Registry (LACNIC) is the organization, based in Montevideo, which
administrates IP address space, Autonomous System Numbers (ASN), reverse
resolution and other resources for the region of Latin America and the
Caribbean (LAC), on behalf of the Internet community.