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The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018

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10.—(1) This paragraph describes the threshold requirements which apply to specified kinds of essential services in the digital infrastructure subsector.

(2) For the essential service of Top Level Domain (”TLD”) Name Registries the threshold requirement in the United Kingdom is TLD Registries who service an average of 2 billion or more queries in 24 hours for domains registered within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

(3) For the essential service of Domain Name System (“DNS”) Service providers the threshold requirement in the United Kingdom is—

(a)DNS service providers with an establishment in the United Kingdom who provide DNS resolvers offered for use by publically accessible services, which service an average of 2,000,000 or more requesting DNS clients based in the United Kingdom in 24 hours; or

(b)DNS service providers with an establishment in the United Kingdom who provide authoritative hosting of domain names, offered for use by publically accessible services, servicing 250,000 or more different active domain names.

(4) For the essential service of Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Operators the threshold requirement in the United Kingdom is IXP Operators who have 50% or more annual market share amongst IXP Operators in the United Kingdom, in terms of interconnected autonomous systems, or who offer interconnectivity to 50% or more of Global Internet routes.

(5) In this paragraph—

(a)“DNS” is a reference to “domain name system” which means a hierarchical distributed naming system in a network which refers queries for domain names;

(b)“DNS service provider” is a reference to “domain name system service provider” which means an entity which provides DNS services on the internet;

(c)“IXP” is a reference to “internet exchange point” which means a network facility which—

(i)enables the interconnection of more than two independent autonomous systems, primarily for the purpose of facilitating the exchange of internet traffic;

(ii)provides interconnection only for autonomous systems; and

(iii)does not require the internet traffic passing between any pair of participating autonomous systems to pass through any third autonomous system nor does it alter or otherwise interfere with such traffic; and

(d)“TLD Name Registry” is a reference to “top-level domain name registry” which means an entity which administers and operates the registration of internet domain names under a specific top-level domain.

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