Verizon expands support for IPv6 across dedicated Internet services

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 04, 2011

internet trafficVerizon Communications (NASDAQ:VZ), has recently enabled Internet Dedicated Services to carry traffic using the next-generation Internet protocol, IPv6, which will facilitate customers to handle their IPv6 traffic, across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific. The company informed that this year it will continue to roll out IPv6 capabilities across Canada and Latin America and on its global Private IP service, an MPLS-based (multiprotocol label switching) virtual private network.

“This is another important milestone for the Verizon public IP backbone, our customers and the global Internet community,” claimed Farooq Muzzafar, VP of public and private IP communications solutions, Verizon. “As an early proponent and adopter of IPv6, we want to help ensure the Internet continues to deliver on its promise to keep us all connected to each other and to the information that sustains and enriches our everyday life at work, at home and everywhere in between,” he added further.

The current Internet address system, Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which has been in place since the 1980s, is about to run out of addresses. According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, IPv6 will open up a pool of billions of Internet addresses that is ‘virtually inexhaustible’.

As a result of the transition to the IPv6 protocol, 2011 will be an important transitional year for Verizon and other top Internet players to ready the Internet on a global basis. In addition, the new protocol will provide opportunities for organizations to employ advanced technology, including machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

Since 1998, Verizon informed it has been rolling out IPv6 capabilities, beginning with the very high speed backbone network service (vBNS), to meet increasing customer requirements.

ICSA Labs, a division of Verizon, a private testing laboratories is accredited to provide testing services for the USGv6 Program. The program, developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, sets the standards that must be met by hardware and software products offered for sale to the federal government.