India Readying for IPv6

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 11, 2009

With IPv4 address spaces expected to be exhausted by 2012, deployment of IPv6 is imminent. To get a grasp of the current situation of broadband in India, senior members of DoT and the telecom commission, as well as system integrators, application and system vendors will be meeting in Delhi this month at the IPv6 Summit’09

The forum has been organized by theIPV6, a non-profit organization, in collaboration with Telecom Engineering Center & Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & IT.  The 2 day summit will be held on December 15th & 16th 2009 at The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

IPv6 is an advanced version of IP which is designed to be an evolutionary step from IPv4. It is a natural increment to IPv4. It can be installed as a normal software upgrade in internet devices and is interoperable with the current IPv4. Its deployment strategy is designed to not have any flag days or other dependencies. IPv6 is designed to run well on high performance networks (e.g. Gigabit Ethernet, OC-12, ATM, etc.) and at the same time still be efficient for low bandwidth networks (e.g. wireless). In addition, it provides a platform for new internet functionality that will be required in the near future.

"We are at the cusp of opportunity for IPv6 deployment with the impending IPv4 address space exhaustion in 2012 along with an explosion of broadband and wireless internet usage in India. IPv6 Forum India is very excited at the strong level of engagement from the government in catalyzing this crucial transition," Jayachandra K, president of IPv6 Forum India.

This year, the focus will be on core IPv6 deployment topics covering IPv6 readiness, IPv6-IPv4 coexistence, IPv6 transition planning ready reckoners and IPv6-based Greenfield applications.

There are a few developments in Indian service provider market and environment that are related to network scalability, reliability, new applications and services - notably the rise of DTH as a credible alternative to conventional cable networks, followed by IPTV launches by main providers BSNL and MTNL. DSL penetration has also scaled to a level where mere bandwidth is no longer a differentiation and the search is on for other differentiators. The context of IP addresses has also changed now, with the RIR’s making public the issues of IP address shortage and possible exhaustion by 2012. All this calls for a comprehensive review of the state of the Internet in India (in general) and its connotations for IPv6 readiness and deployment.