Monday, July 11, 2011

ISOC says successful World IPV6 Day shows global readiness

The Internet Society (ISOC) has described the 2011 commemoration of the World Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6) Day as a success and an indication of global readiness.

ITRealms Online recalls that the Nigerian Internet community commemorated World IPV6 on Thursday, June 2, this year at the Nigerian IPV6 Roundtable organised by DigitalSENSE Africa and collaboration with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

The event presided over by former Communications Minister, Chief Olawale Ige was well attended and pronouncements made on the need to create Nigerian IPV6 Task Force by the Federal Government.

However, ISOC position follows the fact that top websites served billions of users by demonstrating progress towards largest transition in Internet’s history.

Some of the top websites and Internet service providers around the world, included Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Akamai, and Limelight Networks, joined with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.

According to ISOC newsletter, by providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet, facilitating its continued exponential growth.

During World IPv6 Day organized by the Internet Society, nearly 400 participating organizations enabled IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours on 8 June.

With IPv4 addresses running out this year ISOC noted that the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere.

World IPv6 Day participants, ISOC said, came together to help motivate organizations across the industry; Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies to prepare their services for the transition.

A key goal of World IPv6 Day was to expose potential issues with real-world IPv6 use under controlled conditions. Given the diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the trial was crucial to identify unforeseen problems.

The vast majority of users were able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, users experienced impaired access to participating websites during the trial.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian IPV6 Roundtable was endorsed by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) to name a few.

Remmy Nweke
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