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Latin America and the Caribbean Reach 10 Million Registered Domains

The number of domain names registered across ccTLDs in Latin America and the Caribbean passed the ten million mark according to an announcement from the Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD) in November.

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ICANN: Registration Now Open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week

[news release] Registration is now open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week, which will be held virtually. The theme of this year’s event is “Understanding the Ecosystem and Learning New Opportunities.”

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ICANN: Registration Now Open for 2019 LAC DNS Forum

Today [31 July], ICANN announced that registration for the 2019 LAC DNS Forum is now open. The forum will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 August 2019 during LACTLD‘s DNS Week and .PR’s 30th anniversary celebration.

Event:2019 LAC DNS Forum
When:22 August 2019, 09:00–17:00 (AST)
Where:Hyatt Place Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration:http://lacdnsforum.lat/

The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating Domain Name System (DNS)-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The forum also provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global key players and experts in the field.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes:

  • Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Registrants
  • DNS experts
  • gTLD applicants
  • Regional TLD organizations
  • IT and Internet businesses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Legal and intellectual property firms

The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and ICANN.

About ICANN

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

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-07-31-en

ICANN: Registration Now Open for 2018 LAC DNS Forum

ICANN has announced registration is now open for the 2018 LAC DNS Forum to be held in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme of this year’s event, which is part of AbraHosting Day, is “New Technologies and Digital Security.”

Event: 2018 LAC DNS Forum
When: 29 November 2018, 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Where: Centro Fecomercio de eventos РṢo Paulo, SP
Registration:
(Portuguese only)
https://eventos.locaweb.com.br/proximos-eventos/abrahosting-day-lac-dns-forum/
Admission: To request an invitation please contact your GSE representative or Daniel Fink – daniel.fink@icann.org

The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. The forum also provides an opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes:

  • Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Registrants
  • DNS experts
  • gTLD applicants
  • Regional TLD organizations
  • IT and Internet businesses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Legal and intellectual property firms

This will be the fifth edition of the LAC DNS Forum, which was first held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. This year’s event is jointly organized by Abrahosting, the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

ICANN: Call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Strategic Plan

ICANN logoToday [10 Jan], ICANN announced a call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Strategic Plan. The volunteers will come from the LAC region and their work will focus exclusively on supporting the implementation of projects outlined in the LAC Strategic Plan.

What This Team Will Do

Each of the strategic plan’s projects will be assigned to a working group that will be responsible for its execution. The Implementation Committee will focus on suggesting community members to be assigned to each of these working groups.

The committee will also participate in the working groups by providing input on project documents (objective, scope, KPIs, indicators, etc.) and monitoring the progress of each project. The draft materials and all final work products will be documented on the LAC Strategy Wiki.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the Implementation Committee of the LAC Strategic Plan, please sign up here. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email rodrigo.saucedo@icann.org for assistance.

Next Steps

This call for volunteers will be circulated as widely as possible, with the purpose of ensuring broad representation and participation from the LAC Community. The deadline for submitting applications is 26 January 2018.

Per the request of the implementation committee, regular online meetings will be scheduled.

Background

In 2013, a steering committee, which was composed of representatives from the different communities and regional organizations that participate in the ICANN community, prepared the LAC Strategic Plan, which was presented during ICANN46 in Beijing, China. The plan was divided into four areas of interest, 22 objectives, and 75 projects.

In 2015, the committee met again in Montevideo to review the LAC Strategic Plan and evaluate its progress. During this meeting, the plan objectives were aligned with the ICANN Strategic Plan (2016-2020). Currently, the renewed 2016-2020 plan includes both previous plans and several new projects.

As a result of ICANN‘s growth in global reach, the number of community participants from LAC has increased. This increase represents a great opportunity to get new community members involved in the development and refinement of the LAC Strategic Plan.

About ICANN

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

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2018-01-10-en

ICANN: Latin American and Caribbean DNS Marketplace Study

Brief Overview

ICANN logoPurpose: ICANN is seeking feedback on the initial draft of the Latin American and Caribbean DNS Marketplace Study. The goal of this study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region, and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available.

Current Status: Initial draft of the “Latin American and Caribbean DNS Marketplace Study” published for public comment.

Next Steps: Improvements based on community inputs in the draft study report for final version publication.

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

Commissioned in January 2016, the study investigates the current state of Internet and domain name industry, explore best practices for the uptake of domain names and analyze the ecosystem. It recommends new business potentials based on global benchmarks and propose a way forward for the region.

A consortium led by Oxford Information Labs, LACTLD, EURid and InterConnect Communications is conducting the study for ICANN.

Section II: Background

ICANN‘s Latin America and the Caribbean Strategic Plan defined four key areas of interest as strategic focus for the region. Two of those, namely Capacity Building and Outreach; and Economic Issues contemplate aspects to further develop the domain name industry. After consultation with members of LAC Strategic Plan Steering Committee, a request for proposal to conduct the study was released in September 2015 to commission a study to investigate the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the region, define best practices that have made an impact in domain name market growth, look at the broader ecosystem of the Internet infrastructure and online services and describe the impact of such elements on the overall evolution of the domain name industry, describe the business potential in the domain name industry in this region, and provide suggestions on how to develop the industry and what business models can be adopted in the entire industry chain. The consortium led by Oxford Information Labs was then contracted in early 2016 and now presents the initial draft report for public comments.

Section III: Relevant Resources

LAC DNS Marketplace Study [PDF, 3.69 MB]

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lac-dns-marketplace-2016-09-22-en

ICANN: Request for Proposal: Study about the DNS Marketplace in Latin America and the Caribbean

ICANN logoICANN is seeking a provider to conduct a study on the domain name industry in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The goal of this study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region, and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available.

The ICANN‘s Latin America and the Caribbean Strategic Plan defined four key areas of interest as strategic focus for the region. Two of those, namely Capacity Building and Outreach; and Economic Issues contemplate aspects to further develop the domain name industry.

The study at a minimum will investigate the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the region, define best practices that have made an impact in domain name market growth, look at the broader ecosystem of the Internet infrastructure and online services and describe the impact of such elements on the overall evolution of the domain name industry, describe the business potential in the domain name industry in this region, and provide suggestions on how to develop the industry and what business models can be adopted in the entire industry chain. The study will include data, analysis, and recommendations.

The final report of the study is to be delivered no later than 18th April 2016.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please click here [ZIP, 407 KB].

Proposals should be submitted to LAC-DNS-Study-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 23 October 2015.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2015-09-25-en

Asunción’s National University and ICANN Work Together to Enhance Latin American Internet Infrastructure

ICANN logoThe first L-Root instance in Paraguay has been successfully installed in Asunción, and will enhance the stability, security and resiliency of the Internet for users throughout Latin America.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the implementation of this new L-Root instance in Asunción,” said Rodrigo de la Parra, ICANN‘s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Joint ventures like these are a critical part of both increasing regional Internet infrastructure and strengthening the global DNS.”

The launch of the L-Root instance is a joint operation between ICANN and Paraguay’s National Computing Center of the National University of Asunción (Centro Nacional de Computación, Universidad Nacional de Asunción – UNA).

“This new L-Root instance will strengthen Internet infrastructure, offering greater efficiency, stability and security, in addition to an overall improved Internet experience throughout Paraguay,” said Ignacio Velázquez Guachire, General Director of the National Computing Center of the UNA. “We thank ICANN‘s managers and their technical confidence in NIC.py to be the custodians of this first L-Root instance in our country, which demonstrates the continued cooperation for the development of the region’s Internet.”

Beyond just helping mitigate certain network outages, this new L-Root instance will improve response times for the rapidly growing Internet community in Paraguay and the Latin American and Caribbean region as a whole.

ICANN is pleased to see the first L-Root instances in Paraguay. We appreciate the tremendous effort from Asunción’s national university in hosting the L-Root. This effort speaks volumes to their commitment to both the Domain Name System and the stability and resiliency of the global Internet, and that of their own Internet experience.” said Terry Manderson, Director of DNS Engineering at ICANN.

There are 13 “root” DNS servers, identified by alphabetic 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, such as the one installed in Asunción, provide the pointers to the servers for top-level domains (the last part of domain names, such as the “ORG” in “ICANN.ORG”). Spreading this root information geographically by duplicating the root servers in various locations 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/.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-09-24-en

ICANN: Second Latin American and Caribbean DNS Forum Will Take Place in Buenos Aires, Argentina

LAC DNS ForumThe second edition of the LAC DNS Forum is a gathering place for industry, Internet policy and technical players. It will take place on 19 June in Buenos Aires and continues with the proposal originated in 2013 to promote a regional space for debate on DNS-related issues.

When: June 19, 2015

Where: Sheraton Hotel Retiro

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, as well as to engage and network with key players and experts in the field. Target audience includes ccTLD and gTLD Registries and Registrars/Resellers, Registrants, DNS Experts, gTLD Applicants, Regional TLD Organizations, IT and Internet businesses, legal and IP firms, amongst others.

The objectives of the forum are the following:

  • Raise awareness about DNS issues in the Internet industry, with a focus on business – commercial opportunities and security and stability concerns.
  • Discuss the value, opportunities and challenges of domain names in a changing technical and business environment.
  • Enhance the understanding of regional Internet industry players and entrepreneurs about the value of promoting local content and local Internet-working initiatives.
  • Promote the participation of regional players in the technical and policy forums of the region and globally (LACNIC, LACNOG, IETF, ICANN, LACTLD, etc)

The LAC DNS Forum is open to all interested participants and is free of charge.

More information: http://lac-dns.net.ar/EN/index.php

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-11-en

New Study Reveals How Internet Exchange Points Spur Internet Growth in Latin America

Internet Society - ISOC - logoJoint Internet Society and Universidad de San Andrés report demonstrates significant cost and performance gains from IXP development in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador

ISOC Connectivity in Latin America The Role of Internet Exchange report

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[news release] The Internet Society recently published the results of a study that demonstrates the far-reaching economic and societal benefits of establishing Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in emerging markets. The study, commissioned by the Internet Society and conducted by Professor Hernan Galperin of the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina, examined the critical cost and performance benefits of IXPs in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador – countries on the leading edge of Internet growth in Latin America.

Analogous with the role that international airports play in airline traffic, IXPs serve as critical hubs for data traffic exchange in the global Internet infrastructure. Over 350 IXPs around the world enable local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet backbone carriers to efficiently and cost-effectively exchange Internet traffic. Many emerging markets do not have well-established IXPs, forcing domestic Internet traffic onto long-distance international links, resulting in significantly higher costs and quality of service challenges.

This new study identifies the positive impact that IXPs have made, including reduced telecommunications costs, faster and better local data exchange, and local technical capacity development. For example:

 

  • To date, nine IXPs are operational in Argentina as part of the Cabase system that was created in 1998, connecting over 80 network operators.  Internet transit costs have been reduced from USD $500 per Mbps per month in one city to about USD $40 per Mbps per month.  Service providers have been able to expand their networks and quality of service.
  • In 2004, the Comitê Gestor da Internet (CGI) launched an initiative called PTT Metro to create IXPs across Brazil, starting with their first IXP in São Paulo. As of April 2013, there were 22 IXPs in operation, covering 16 of Brazil’s 26 states. On aggregate, the IXPs associated with the PTT Metro initiative are exchanging over 170Gbps at peak hours, and providing better and faster connectivity to regions of Brazil that had poor Internet service.
  • In Ecuador, international transit costs hover around USD $100 per Mbps per month.  Local traffic can be exchanged at the IXP in Quito (NAP.EC) for as little as USD $1 per Mbps per month. Without an IXP, operators would exchange local traffic through international transit routes and the additional wholesale costs for local ISPs would be USD $7.2 million per year.
  • The Colombian exchange point, NAP Colombia, started in 2000 in response to frequent disruptions in the domestic backhaul network and international links. By exchanging traffic locally, and later by installing content caches at the IXP, local ISPs were able to reduce their dependence on international routes, thus reducing costs and, most importantly, increasing service reliability.

“This study highlights the critical role that IXPs are playing in Latin America – from human capacity and network development to better quality of service and increased uptake of services,” said Sebastian Bellagamba, Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Internet Society. “Offering more than just cost and performance benefits, well-run IXPs serve as a catalyst to dramatically enrich a country’s Internet ecosystem, opening a new world of possibilities with comparably minimal investment. We appreciate the collaboration with Professor Galperin and hope that this study will help inform the dialogue among government, business, and technology leaders of emerging countries to show them the benefits that IXPs can provide for developing partnerships for Internet growth in the region.”

Lead author of the study Hernan Galperin stated, “This report shows the important role that IXPs have played in the development of the Internet in Latin America. This role is likely to become more important as countries in the region address existing challenges such as network security, the improvement in the quality of services, and the reduction in access prices.”

The study was conducted as part of the Internet Society’s Internet Traffic Exchange Programme.  This programme aims to foster robust, efficient, and cost-effective Internet interconnection environments in emerging economies, and furthers the Internet Society’s overall mission to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

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Funding for this study was provided in part by Google under the IXP Toolkit & Best Practices Grant Project.

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.

This ISOC news release was sourced from:
www.internetsociety.org/news/new-study-reveals-how-internet-exchange-points-spur-internet-growth-latin-america