Etisalat installs Middle East's first root name server
The region's Internet users served by Emirates Telecommunications Company (Etisalat)'s Internet Network will now experience faster access to web sites following the installation of the Middle East's first Root Name Server mirror site in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Previously, queries took an average 214 mille-seconds (ms) round trip and were answered in New York, US. Now the queries will take an average three ms and will be answered locally in the UAE. This reduction in DNS inquiry response time, would have an overall performance improved in accessing world wide web sites.
To be installed by the Internet Software Consortium (ISC), the server will store a series of web addresses for identifying and distributing top level Internet domain names. This enables it to find sites fast by first finding the relevant domain server, then working its way down to the lowest level through a succession of servers. It will mirror the F-root server, one of 13 Root Name Servers around the world that control and organize accessibility to the world's web sites
In May 1995, the UAE Network Information Centre (UAEnic), part of Etisalat, started handling the registry operations of the Internet domain name for .ae Top Level Domain. It handles the day-to-day operations of Domain Name Registration services and also acts as a Local Internet Registry, where it assigns IP Address to the Local Internet Community. — (menareport.com)
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