According to an ICANN announcement released on Thursday July 24 , Chinese NASDAQ-listed internet hosting company 21Vianet and ICANN have jointly installed an important upgrade to the global Domain Name System (DNS) in Beijing. The DNS is the master database matching all domain names (such as or 域名.在线) to the IP addresses for their web-servers.

The upgrade, known as a "L-Root instance" or "node" is the world's latest authorative DNS server. The server is running live in 21Vianet's Beijing datacenter now, and according to TLD Registry's CTO Raymond Li, is "an important and valuable new contributor to the global internet's resiliance."

According toICANN, the new Beijing L-Root node will increase “the Domain Name System’s (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.” Beijing is just one of many eventual cities in China to receive a new L-Root installation.

TLD Registry would like to publicly congratulate the efforts and productivity of ICANN, as well as 21Vianet’s CEO Mr. Josh Sheng Chen and our friend, 21Vianet Vice President James Seng for their community-spirited efforts to making the internet a progressively better tool.

Considered as one of the pioneers of the internet in Singapore, James Seng contributed immensely to the invention and evolution of Chinese domain names (or, "IDNs" in the industry parlance), so it’s no surprise that his involvement and professional expertise was one of the driving forces behind the installation of the L-Root node in China.

Arto Isokoski, TLD Registry CEO.

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