Teraco has stated it will sponsor colocation infrastructure to all 13 global root operators.
“In sponsoring colocation infrastructure, we hope to increase the number of root operators available within the continent,” said Teraco.
The company said root operators are not widely understood, but are a critical part of Internet infrastructure.
Root operators run name servers for the root zone of the Domain Name System. These servers are the first step in translating, or resolving, a human readable web address into the IP addresses that computers use to communicate with one another.
A root name server directly answers requests for records in the root zone and answers other requests by returning a list of the authoritative name servers for the appropriate top-level domain.
Teraco has invited all root operators to join it in its mission to “build strong digital communities”.
“We are especially hoping that root operators such as Packet Clearing House, an organisation responsible for providing operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure, will join the Teraco community.”