Written by Rebecca Wanjiku | IDG News Service Tanzania has become the first beneficiary of the Internet infrastructure project led by AfriNIC, aimed at improving resilience to distributed denial of service attacks by setting up copies of root servers. Tanzania has become the first beneficiary of the Internet infrastructure project led by AfriNIC, aimed at improving resilience to distributed denial of service attacks by setting up copies of root servers. The Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX) point has received a copy of the "K" DNS root server operated by RIPE NCC, the regional Internet registry in Europe. The root server is expected to improve scalability and resilience in case of DDoS attack, and reduce the delay in data passing between clients and servers. "I am very happy AfriNIC plays a very active role, even in areas outside their core task to develop Internet infrastructure and human capacity in Africa -- the partnership with AfriNIC made the project a lot easier," said Frank Habicht, TIX manager. The root server will improve Internet stability in Tanzania by ensuring any external disruptions do not affect local Internet users and that all users connecting via the exchange point can share information faster. Tanzania is the fifth African country to get a root server; Kenya has two, South Africa has three, Egypt has three and there is one in Cape Verde island. "This deployment is very critical as it helps to address the issue of "access" in Tanzania, and it is an important milestone towards our objective to contribute more to the Internet infrastructure development in our region. We are looking forward to more deployments of this kind in the coming months," stated Adiel Akplogan, CEO, AfriNIC. The setting up of the root server coincides with the SEACOM cable going live last month, which is expected to provide cheaper bandwidth and further offer faster response to DNS queries. Although campaigning for cheaper bandwidth is not a function of the Internet exchange point operator, Habicht admitted that the cost has a bearing on how many people can access the root in order to maximize benefits of the installation. However, the root server is only a first step for the vast country -- TIX hopes to host the Google Global Cache, though Habicht acknowledged that such a project poses logistical challenges. "With time, TIX will establish a time server for network time protocol that can be used for all peers at the exchange and can help concentrate much of the traffic," added Habicht. AfriNIC had targeted Tanzania and Mozambique as beneficiaries of root server copies and Mali to receive technical support for its Internet exchange point.