Monday, May 23, 2011

Juwah, Adebayo lead speakers @ Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah and chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo would be leading speakers at the first-ever Nigeria Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6) Roundtable slated for Lagos next month.

The organizers of the Nigeria Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6) Roundtable, DigitalSENSE Africa made this disclosure at the weekend.

The Executive Director, Operations, DigitalSENSE Africa, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, while confirming this said that while the EVC, Dr. Juwah would be giving a keynote address on the theme of the roundtable scheduled for hold at Planet One Entertainment Centre, Maryland, Lagos, tagged ‘IPV6 – Join The Players,’ whereas the ALTON chairman, Mr. Adebayo would take on the position of his association on deployment of IPV6 in Nigeria.

She also described as gladdening that EVC and ALTON boss would be gracing the Roundtable and invited internet stakeholders in the country to take advantage by ensuring attendance to listen and learn from these notable gentlemen of repute.

According to her, the EVC participation was confirmed by the Director, Public Affairs at the Commission, Mr. Dave Imoko.

Mrs. Nweke noted that following the allocation of the last batch of the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) it became imperative for the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

“The Internet is now the global communication network and to join this evolution, Nigerian stakeholders need to integrate IPv6 in all areas, so as to achieve national goals for universal access to Information Technology and sustaining development as well as global competitiveness for ordinary Nigerians,” she declared.

She recalled that the Internet Society (ISOC), the organisational home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) came up with the World IPV6 Day, which this year would be commemorated on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

“Therefore, we at DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA), a team of internationally reputed and award-winning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry analysts and perception managers, decided to align with the stakeholders to host this enlightenment initiative for the Nigerian internet community,” she said.

The one-day Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable, she said, is to stimulate public awareness on the importance of the World IPV6 Day equally referred to as ‘Test Flight Day’ in addition to providing first-class platform for networking.

“Primarily, the World IPv6 Day is a strategy to encourage successful migration to IPv6 through participation of some key Internet Service Providers like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight networks to offer their contents over IPv6 only for a 24-hour period,” she explained.

Stressing that the goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – regulators, operators, Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors, content providers, manufacturers, web companies and key stakeholders; to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

She therefore expressed excitement on the kind of acceptance the Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable has received so far, while invited others interest groups and relevant government agencies to fall in line.

The Roundtable scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Planet One, she said, would be presided over by chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and former Communications minister, Chief Olawale Ige.

Remmy Nweke
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