Redwood City, California – (The Hosting News) – April 13, 2007 – The Internet Systems Consortium and telecommunications company, Internet Service Provider firm, GPX Global Systems Inc., have installed a root name server in Cairo, Egypt.
The new project, fully supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, was announced at the Cairo ICT 2007 Exhibition and Forum event. The new name server is expected to be installed and operational by the second quarter of 2007 at the GPX Middle East Internet eXchange (MEIX) located in the Cairo Heliopolis area, and will mirror the F-root, one of the 13 ‘Root Name Servers’ around the world that control and organize accessibility to the Internet.
Paul Vixie, President of ISC commented. ”ISC is pleased to be working with the Egyptian government and the GPX MEIX in bringing mission critical Internet services to the Middle East and North African community. The F-root server will enhance the experience of the growing Egyptian Internet community and will increase resilience and technical independence from external sources. This is also one more step in our goal to strengthen the foundation of the global network.”
Virtually every Internet transaction, from sending an e-mail to finding a website, begins with a Domain Name System (DNS) query. A DNS query is the method computers use to translate a human readable name to a network address that a computer can find. This new ISC F-root server will store the information needed to answer the question of where several hundred top level domains, including .i.e., .net, .com; etc. can be found.
Minister Tarek Kamel, Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology added, ”We believe this partnership will further strengthen the quality and reliability of the Internet infrastructure in Egypt. We are delighted with the choice of Egypt, with its fast growing Internet market as a key location in the region, and welcome the initiative of ISC and GPX to install an F-root node in Cairo. We are sure this project will enhance the experience of Internet users not only in Egypt but throughout the region.”
Nick Tanzi, Chairman of GPX offered, ”Growth of Internet services in Egypt has been remarkable over the course of the last five years, promising to turn the country into the Internet hub for the Middle East and Africa. We are happy to support the ISC and the Egyptian Ministry in their efforts to further this growth and to provide a more stable environment for Internet usage in the region.”
The Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with a long history of developing and maintaining the production quality of Open Source software — BIND and DHCP. ISC has increased its focus to include enhancing the stability of the global DNS directly through reliable F-root name server operations and ongoing operation of a DNS crisis coordination center, ISC’s OARC for DNS. ISC is also engaged with further protocol development efforts, particularly in the areas of DNS evolution and facilitating the transition to IPv6.
Incorporated in August 2002, GPX develops and operates a neutral Internet eXchange (IX) hosting facility in emerging, for growing commercial Internet markets along the undersea cable systems of FLAG, SEA-ME-WE3, and SEA-ME-WE4, as well as other regional cable systems. GPX IXs provides telecommunications companies (Telco’s), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), e-businesses, and enterprise customers with a neutral data center environment to collocate mission critical communications and application platforms. In addition, the GPX IX provides a single physical location where customers can access a host of services from multiple providers.
To learn more, please visit: www.gpx.ie.