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Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority Contributes to Responsive and Resilient Internet with L-Root Instance in Marshall Islands

Majuro, Marshall Islands… The L-Root instance in the Marshall Islands has been successfully installed in Majuro, increasing the Domain Name System’s (DNS) overall fault tolerance & its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

The launch of the L-Root server node is a joint operation between ICANN & Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA), who supplied the equipment necessary for the installation of the new L-Root node. NTA also provided the colocation in their datacenter & the bandwidth needed for the node’s operation.

“We are very happy to host the L-root node in the Marshall Islands. This will help to contribute to the security & stability of the Internet network, & improve the quality of the Internet for our Internet users. By creating greater redundancy in the DNS, we can improve the reliability of a fast & secure network for all users,” said Thomas Kijiner, Jr., President & CEO of NTA.

“I am very pleased with our partnership with NTA. We have a very close working relationship with the Marshall Islands’ key Internet stakeholders & I’m am happy to facilitate the deployment of the root server instance into the region,” said Savé Vocea, ICANN’s Vice President of Intercontinental Stakeholder Engagement for Australasia.

This cooperation signifies an effort between ICANN & NTA to enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS for Marshall Islands’ Internet users & reduce the response time experienced when making some DNS queries.

“ICANN operates L-Root as a public benefit service for the intercontinental Internet and is pleased to expand L-Root with an instance in the Marshall Islands. We appreciate the tremendous efforts from NTA in hosting the L-Root as this commitment both improves root zone DNS service & augments the technical stability & resilience of DNS in the region,” said Terry Manderson, Director of DNS Engineering at ICANN.

There are 13 “root” DNS servers, identified by the letters A through M — the “L” root server operated by ICANN being one. Computers typically communicate with each other using numeric addresses, while humans find it easier to use & remember names (for instance, users typically remember the domain name “ICANN.ORG” more easily than the Internet Protocol address, 2620:0:2d0:200::7). The DNS translates domains into addresses & the root servers provide the pointers to the servers for top-level domains (the last part of domains, for example, “ORG” in “ICANN.ORG”).

Spreading the service that provides these pointers out geographically by duplicating the root servers leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of users being taken offline by a problem or attack & reduces the time it takes to look up names on the Internet.

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Media Contacts


Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Tel: +65 6816 1259
Mobile: +65 9796 5500

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Tel: +65 6816 1264
Mobile: +65 9113 6621

Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority

Thomas Kijiner, Jr.
President & CEO
Tel: +692 625 3862


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified worldwide Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate & support these unique identifiers across the intercontinental. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation & a community with participants from all over the globe.

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About Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA)

Marshall Islands’ National Telecommunications Authority is a private corporation with significant ownership by the National Government. It is the authorized sole provider of telecommunications services & is responsible for providing domestic & international voice, fax, data, and Internet services to & from the Marshall Islands.

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Updated: March 7, 2017 — 4:15 am

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