October 31, 2015 – Internet subscribers in Trinidad and Tobago now benefit from the country now having its own Internet DNS Root Servers. The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the phonebook of the Internet. Trinidad and Tobago is now one of only a handful of countries in the Caribbean to have a local copy of this important service.
The equipment required for service was donated by US-research firm, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and handed over to the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Exchange (TTIX), an association of the country’s main Internet Service Providers. There are presently two Root Servers in operation, a D-root server provisioned by University of Maryland, and an E-root server, provided by NASA.
The establishment of a local root server is central to the country’s plans for developing its local technology sector. Having a root server in-country brings several benefits for local users, including ensuring that DNS queries in the country are resolved much faster for local Internet users.