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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Nigeria's ISPs need business case for IPv6 deployment says Rudman - ITREALMS

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Chairman of the Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6 Council) Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Rudman, has called on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, to develop a business case for the deployment of Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6), reports ITREALMS.

Rudman, who also is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), noted that currently the IP industry in Nigeria is leveraging on Carrier-grade NAT (CGN) routers, which is not sustainable if IPv6 must be optimised.

CGN also known as CGNAT, he said, is an approach to IPv4 network design in which end sites, in particular residential networks, are configured with private network addresses that are translated to public IPv4 addresses by middlebox network address translator devices embedded in the network operator's network.

This, he pointed out, enables CGN equally known as Large-Scale NAT (LSN), to permit the sharing of small pools of public addresses among many end sites, thereby shifting the NAT function and configuration thereof from the customer premises to the Internet service provider network.

Mr. Rudman, who made this call at the 2020 Digital Rights Series webinar on Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable hosted by ITREALMS in collaboration with DigitalSENSE Africa Media penultimate Saturday, with the theme: Role of IP in 5G v COVID-19 Debate, said that lack of technical know-how is another militating factor against IPv6 deployment.

In addition, he said that core, metro and edge equipment compatibility issues coupled with the lack of IPv6 upstream service providers, as well as non requests from end users, muddled up the efforts at requisite adoption and deployment.

Rudman further advised Nigerians on how to sport fake news considering the avalanche of misinformation on the social media concerning Fifth Generation (5G) network and COVID-19 pandemic, advised that people should be skeptical at first instance.

“Just because you see an article online don’t assume it’s factual, even if a friend shared it with you,” he said, stressing that verification of sources makes a great sense.

“If you're still not sure if a message is true, search online for facts and check trusted news sites to see where the story came from. If you still have doubts, ask fact-checkers or people you trust for more information. Don’t amplify the it by sharing before you verify,” he advised.

In addition, Rudman said that people should look for other clues, by scrutinizing the source cited in article and even the ads on the page can reveal a hidden agenda behind a website.

Chuks Egbune/DoP
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