ICANN: Indonesia’s PANDI Contributes to Responsive and Resilient Internet with First L-Root Instance in Indonesia

ICANN logoThe first L-Root instance in Indonesia has been successfully installed in Jakarta, increasing the Domain Name System’s (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

The launch of the L-Root server node is a joint operation between ICANN and Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI), Indonesia’s Country Code Top Level Domain Operator of .id, who supplied the equipment necessary for the installation of the new L-Root node.

“We are very pleased to host the L-Root which is the third root server in Indonesia, in addition to the existing I- and F-Root servers. It is important to improve the reliability, speed and resilience of the Internet in our country,” said PANDI Chairman, Andi Budimansyah.

“The successful installation of Indonesia’s first L-Root instance is a historical moment made possible with ICANN‘s collaboration with PANDI, as well as the multi-stakeholder community of Indonesia, including the Indonesian government that has been a close partner of ICANN in the region. This is a testimony of ICANN‘s commitment to Indonesia and we look forward to bringing in more L-Root instances into the country,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, ICANN Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific.

This cooperation is an effort to enhance the security, stability and resiliency to Indonesian Internet users and reduce the response time experienced when making some DNS queries.

Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General of the Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) said, “The Ministry of Communication & Information Technology highly appreciate any activities related to the ICT programs that improve the reliability of internet and internet governance in Indonesia. One of our main objectives is to strengthen the national DNS. With an L-Root instance in Indonesia, and with closer cooperation with ICANN, Indonesia’s Internet governance is expected to be increasingly well-organized and the security, reliability and integrity of the operation of the Internet in Indonesia will significantly improve.”

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 and 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 names into addresses and the root servers provide the pointers to the server for top-level domains (the last part of domain names, for example, “ORG” in “ICANN.ORG”).

Spreading this root information out geographically by duplicating the root servers leads to a resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of being taken offline by a problem or attack and reduces the time it takes to look up names on the Internet.

For more information about L-root, please visit www.dns.icann.org/.

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