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ICANN Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Africa) Colocation

23 March 2022

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization issued a request for proposal (RFP) to identify one or more vendors to provide a secure colocation space, one in Egypt and one in Kenya, for two new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) clusters.

As part of the service provided to the Internet community, ICANN operates one of the 13 root servers of the Internet, the IMRS, also known as L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. Installing the two clusters will result in increased root server capacity for the African region and improve the resiliency of not only the IMRS, but also the entire Root Server System.

For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please click here.

Email your indications of interest to IMRS.Cluster.Africa.Colo-RFP@icann.org by 4 April 2022.

Please submit your proposals electronically using ICANN's sourcing tool by 23:59 UTC on 20 April 2022.

Participants that have already used the sourcing tool may use the same credentials and do not need to request access again. New participants may request access to this tool via the email address noted above.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.