M-Root deployment to expand under new collaboration agreement
WIDE Project
Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS)
31 August, 2020

WIDE Project, JPRS and APNIC will work together to expand M-Root DNS services in the Asia Pacific and beyond after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

WIDE Project has served as the Root Server Operator (RSO) for M-Root since 1997, one of just 12 operators globally and the only one based in Asia. There are currently nine M-Root instances located in Japan, South Korea, France and the United States.

JPRS, jointly with WIDE Project, has operated and deployed M-Root instances since December 2005. By acting as a part of the RSO, JPRS tries to give a better experience of both Root DNS and .jp DNS to the Internet community.

APNIC has supported the deployment of DNS root server instances throughout the region since 2000, and has supported 32 anycast deployments by five Root Servers, including F-Root, I-Root, K-Root and now M-Root. APNIC also operates critical reverse DNS infrastructure for its Members with DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) support.

By working together, WIDE Project, JPRS and APNIC will greatly expand M-Root’s footprint throughout the region to improve DNS reachability, resilience and response times for Asia Pacific ISPs and end-users. Increased root server distribution provides higher performance DNS lookup, independent of the user's location, as the request can be dealt with by a closer instance of the nameserver.

New M-Root instances established under the MoU will prioritise major Internet interconnection locations as well as underserved locations, and with hosts such as diverse IP transit providers and carrier-neutral Internet exchange points (IXPs).

The first new instance will be deployed within APNIC’s facilities in Brisbane, Australia, and provide public service by end of 2020.

  • WIDE Project
  • URL: http://www.wide.ad.jp/index_e.html
  • WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) established in 1988 as a research consortium working on the practical research and development of Internet-related technologies. It has made significant contribution to the development of the Internet through collaborating with many other bodies to carry out joint research projects in a wide range of fields.

  • Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS)
  • URL: https://jprs.co.jp/en/
  • JPRS was incorporated on December 26, 2000. It has served as the registry operator of the .jp ccTLD since 2000, and today manages around 1.6 million domain names for the Japanese Internet community. As a company dedicated to maintaining the Internet infrastructure, JPRS contributes to the development of the Internet and building of a better future for everyone.

  • URL: https://www.apnic.net
  • APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) is an open, member-based, not-for-profit organization, whose primary role is to distribute and manage Internet number resources in the Asia Pacific region's 56 economies. These number resources are the building blocks for the Internet to operate and grow. APNIC helps build essential technical skills across the region, supports Internet infrastructure development, produces insightful research, and is an active participant in the multistakeholder model of Internet cooperation and governance. APNIC performs these activities as part of its commitment to a global, open, stable and secure Internet.