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29% of Singapore networks ready for IPv6

Anuradha Shukla | May 4, 2012
Makes it to the top 20 IPv6 nations list as per the report compiled by Europe's net address overseer, RIPE.

About 37.1 percent of networks in Malaysia and 29.1 percent in Singapore can work with IPv6 traffic, according to a report compiled by Europe's net address overseer, RIPE.

Both nations have made it to the top 20 IPv6 nations list and are preparing for the World IPv6 day on 6 June 2012 - the day when IP Version 4 will run out of addresses.

RIPE's top 20 IPv6 nations list also includes Taiwan - 21.2 percent and Hong Kong 20.4 percent, notes Mark Ward from BBC News.

Although China and the US have the two largest Net using populations, they have not made it to RIPE's top 20 list.

"The move to IPv6 is definitely picking up," said Daniel Karrenberg, chief scientist at RIPE. "Though it's still slower than I as an engineer would like."

More IPv6 in Asia

RIPE oversees IP addresses in Europe, and has been keeping a watch on nations to see how far the world has got in converting to the new scheme.

More Asian nations are using IPv6, says Karrenberg, as there were no more IPv4 addresses available to allocate to that region and Web firms in Asia have no choice but to adopt IPv6.

The past decade has seen rapid growth of the Net, which has driven the need to move to IPv6 touted to have an inexhaustible supply of addresses available for users.

Karrenberg points out that the migration to the new scheme will be facilitated by the router and modem makers who were producing hardware that could handle both IPv4 and IPv6.

"Whoever is only now just getting stuck into the planning stage is going to be late. They really need to get on with it," adds Karrenberg.


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