August 21, 2012
The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) signed an agreement with SVNet in El Salvador to install a copie of the "L" root server in the city of San Salvador. The L root server is one of the thirteen original DNS servers, administered by ICANN and part of the basic Internet infrastructure at global level.
Installing this DNS root server copy in Central America will allow a significant improvement in terms of the direct connection between users and service providers in El Salvador, as well as strengthen Internet stability and security. It will also expand the potential uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the countries of the region.
The new server will be installed through an agreement with SVNet, the organization that administrates El Salvador's country code top level domain (.sv). What is installed in El Salvador is a copy of one of the 13 original Internet servers worldwide (ten in the U.S., two in Europe and one in Japan), the process uses a technique called anycast that facilitates the installation of clone servers which, once in operation, are indistinguishable from the original servers.
This initiative is part of +RAICES, a project that LACNIC has been promoting since 2004 and which has made it possible to install eleven root server copies in Latin America and the Caribbean with the aim of improving Internet access throughout the continent and making a relevant contribution to Internet stability both at regional as well as at global level.
To date, +RAICES has allowed installing root server of 11 copies in ten Latin American and Caribbean countries: eight copies of the F server (Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Curacao, St. Maarten, Haiti) and tree copies of the L server (Uruguay, Ecuador and El Salvador).