PKNIC (Pakistan’s official .PK country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) authority and operator) and COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) have mutually agreed on to place additional mirror servers of the authoritative root DNS server in the CIS data center infrastructure within Pakistan. This major development between CIS and PKNIC took place after the establishment of a Gold Channel Partnership relationship.

The new mirror will speed up the DNS (Domain Name Servers) address resolution for the website running on .PK domain names. PKNIC commenced the server mirroring strategy a few years ago and improved it a lot in collaboration with CIS. The new mirror will have major advantages including redundancy, fault tolerance and back-up provisioning.

Sharing his thoughts on the development, Mr. Amir Malik, CEO of COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) said,

“We are delighted to be working closely with PKNIC as strategic channel partners to augment .PK domain name services root servers.

Through the collaboration and relationship between CIS and PKNIC, we will enable and implement additional mirroring of the Authoritative root DNS server to a local CIS server. Our goal is to support PKNIC’s efforts to continually improve customer experience of Pakistani Internet users, by adding more edge network locations for .pk domains. CIS infrastructure will contribute to further enhance the capacity, persistence and availability of the .PK root server systems.”

PKNIC’s management team welcomed the development and said,

“PKNIC is building on its nearly 25 years of secure management of the .PK ccTLD for Pakistan. As more and more Pakistani Internet users, entrepreneurs, and organizations use .PK domain names we continue to enhance our network and globally distributed systems.

Working with reliable strategic channel partners and industry players like CIS, we are happy to add new mirror server capabilities within Pakistan, to enhance service resiliency and reliability of the .PK industry and ecosystem.”

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