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IPv6 takes centre stage in AP networking conferences

Veronica C. Silva | Feb. 29, 2012
As IPv4 numbers are exhausted, region focuses on transition to promising IPv6.

APNIC Director General - Paul Wilson

Two of the region's most anticipated Internet networking events are taking place this week with IPv6 as the main focus.

The joint APNIC 33 and APRICOT 2012 conferences are currently taking place in New Delhi, India with a focus on the content that will run on the (Internet Protocol version 6) IPv6 network.

APNIC 33, hosted by Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), is a regional conference connecting players in networking and the Internet. This year, APNIC 33 is being held jointly with APRICOT (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies) 2012, a networking conference for the ICT industry.

APNIC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific Region. As such, it is the organisation tasked to allocate and register the Internet number resources in the region. Each region has its own RIR. As such, it is closely monitoring the roll out of IPv6 after it has finally allocated the last block of IP addresses using IPv4, the predecessor of IPv6.

APNIC director general Paul Wilson said that following the implementation of the Final /8 policy, all networks must now be working toward IPv6 compliance. “On the regional, national, and individual enterprise levels, we must shift our collective and individual energies to focus on building IPv6 infrastructure in all new and existing networks,” Wilson said.

Final allocation
The Final /8 policy, which became active in April 2011, refers to the third stage of the process of exhausting IPv4 addresses. This means APNIC members requesting for IPv4 addresses will be kept to a minimum allocation as APNIC encourages the to shift to IPv6.

IPv6 allows for more Internet number resources which have been growing exponentially in recent years.  It is said to be particularly challenging to allocate IP resources in the Asia Pacific region as the region is seen to grow economically given the financial turmoils in North America and Europe.

APNIC said that last year, five of the top 10 economies allocated IPv4 address space were in the Asia Pacific region.

“With so many statistics showing the staggering growth of fixed and mobile Internet penetration, this growth can only be maintained with Ipv6,” said  Geoff Huston, chief scientist, APNIC in his keynote speech for the IPv6 and Mobility session.  

Capacity build-up
To help organisations in the region to transition to IPv6, one of the thrusts of  APNIC is skills training, said Sanjaya, director of operations and services, APNIC. “During the past two years, the APNIC IPv6 Program has proven valuable to the Asia Pacific Internet community, and we are now expanding our training offerings,” Sanjaya said.

With APNIC`s Kickstart IPv6 initiative, the total IPv6 delegation count (number of business that have received IPv6 addresses) in Asia from 185 in 2009 to 648 and 624 in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

APNIC 33 is also taking into account the role of governance in the allocation of IP resources.

“Asia is an active contributor to Internet governance discussion, and her influence is felt worldwide in terms of technical standards, manufacturing, and support services. These forums continue to strengthen the relationship between governments in this region which translates onto the world stage,” Wilson said.


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