As a first step towards deploying IPv6 (that will co-exist with IPv4) across the Globe, the IPv6 Forum was formed in July 1999. Its common mission is to educate Internet users on the advantages of the IPv6 protocol, and to promote and implement the worldwide deployment of this protocol.
It has an impressive membership list comprising of manufacturers, leading Telecom operators, Internet service providers, and vendors of Internet solutions, Consulting companies, R&D institutions and many others. IPv6
The current status of deployment of IPv6 in different parts of the world is very encouraging and gives an idea of what the future holds for the Internet in the coming years.
The US Government has issued a mandate to all vendors both civilian and defense – to make the switch to an IPv6 platform by summer of 2008. This move will boost deployment of IPv6 in coming years. The General Services Administration in 2007 has awarded over $150 billion worth of contracts, which is close to the total amount spent on the Y2K upgrade.
A small percentage of the live addresses In the Internet were even supported by IPv6 as early as in December 2005.
Viaginie of Canada, a consulting and research and development firm specializing in advanced computer networking technologies has developed a tunnel server, the freenet6.net to allow any IPv4 node to be connected to the 6Bone. International connectivity of IPv6 has been achieved with US and other countries through native IPv6 and over IPv4 tunnels.
The following information is useful, as far as IPv6 availability is concerned:
1)Quake IPv6 (multiplayer version) is now available at quake.ipv6.viagenie.qc.ca
2)DNS root server IPv6 accepts DNS requests by IPv6
3)NTP over IPv6 provides a NTP service to the community
- IPv6 deployment in Japan enjoys strong governmental support
- JGN (Japan Gigabit Network) – IPv6 over ATM and Native IPv6 transport (not tunnel)
- Major ISPs, and even start ups and rural ISPs have started services
- IIJ launched the first IPv6 service (tunnel) in 1998 and has more than 100 customers
- NTT Communications launched the first commercial IPv6 service in 2001, started DUAL services for ADSL users and a world-wide transport service
- Backbone and IX providers (NSPIXP6, JPIX) have started functioning
- Major router vendors (Hitachi, Fujitsu, NEC, Furukawa Electric, Yamaha etc) are ‘v6-ready’
- Major terminal vendors in home appliances, sensors, web cameras, etc., have started trials
- Service providers like Powered Com, Japan Telecom, KDDI have started trials in areas like mobile phones, online gaming, Internet Car/Train, medical
The Chinese government has initiated the China’s Next Generation Internet project (CNGI), which is a five-year plan with the objective of cornering a significant proportion of the Internet space by implementing IPv6 early. The United States accounts for almost a third of the maximum possible IPv4 addresses (about 4.2 billion), while China has more high-speed Internet users than it does IP addresses.
According to Dr. Charles Zhang, chairman and CEO of Sohu.com, Chinese Internet users spend nearly two billion hours online each week, while the U.S. audience logs on for 129 million hours per week.
China plans to put on display the new IPv6 deployment during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Everything from the security cameras to vehicles and the coverage of the Olympic events will be done via IPv6, and there will be live streaming of the events over the Internet.
IPv6 The IPv6 Task Force was created in France on September 25th 2002. The deployment of IPv6 has been done in a phased manner with the active involvement of France Telecom, the leading Telecom operator in the country.
1998 heralded the deployment of an IPv6 native network internal to FT R&D Division (RIMBAUD) connecting the 5 R&D centres nationwide and connected to the 6Bone, and in the year 2000, France Telecom was assigned a sub-TLA prefix (2001: 0688::/32)
The following events mark the evolution of IPv6 deployment in France:
- Migration of France Telecom’s IPv6/WDM nationwide experimental VTHD Network from tunnelling to full Dual-Tack between 2001 to 2003, marked by the first European WLAN Mobile IPv6 Campus in collaboration with Strasbourg University 2001, and testing of multimedia and standard IPv6applications.
- Deployment of OpenTransitv6(Asia, US, Europe), a native IPv6 international commercial network in 2002
- IPv6 migration of FTs Commercial IP word wide network (OpenTransit) in 2005: 50 POPs worldwide are Dual Stack since June 2005 and launch of a nationwide IPv6 broadband access experiment to FTs Internet users in June 2005. IPv6 connectivity is based on Teredo, Tunnel Broker and ADSLv6)+
- As of December 30th, 2005, FT was assigned a larger IPv6 prefix (/19)
KOREAv6, composed with IPv6 Trial Services and Field Test for IPv6 Equipments is the IPv6 Pilot Project launched in Korea, and its key objectives are:
To create IPv6-ready businesses in the public & private sector
To speed up the commercialisation of IPv6 equipments
To promote public awareness about the IPv6
The implementation has been in a phased manner:
Phase I (2004) Constructing the nation-wide IPv6 trial network Providing VoDv6, VoIPv6, IPv6 Internet gateway service and Testing 39 IPv6 equipment such as routers, switches, VPN etc.
Phase II (2005) Applying IPv6 technologies to the 8 services of IT839 such as WiBro, VoIP, and Home network Expanding IPv6 network to the public sector Transition of existing IPv4 portal sites and applications into IPv6 based ones
Phase III (2006) Providing large-scale All-IPv6 services such as VoIPv6 to users as far as possible for the 8 services of IT 839 Supporting the commercialisation of IPv6 WiBro contents and applications Facilitating the massive use of IPv6 Internet services in the public sector
The government of Korea plans to achieve complete IPv6 Transition in Public Sector and 10M IPv6 users by 2010: total IPv6 Transition in Backbone network by 2010 and in access network by 2013 for ISP.