June 5, 2013 - Nabil Bukhalid, ISOC Lebnon
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of World IPv6 Launch Day. June 6, 2012 was a day when many major websites and service providers enabled IPv6 support permanently.
One year after WORLD IPV6 LAUNCH DAY the number of IPv6 connected Internet users doubled and major network providers and web companies offer IPv6 as a standard service.
"The year since World IPv6 Launch began has cemented what we know will be an increasing reality on the Internet: IPv6 is ready for business," said Leslie Daigle, the Internet Society's Chief Internet Technology Officer. "Forward-looking network operators are successfully using IPv6 to reduce their dependency on expensive, complex network address translation systems (CGNs) to deal with a shortage of IPv4 addresses. Leaders of organizations that aspire to reach all Internet users must accelerate their IPv6 deployment plans now, or lose an important competitive edge."
Unfortunately IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible and they should coexist during the transition period. There are many ways to transition, but a popular method involves assigning both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses until most of the internet supports IPv6. This transition has been slow going, but with the impending IPv4 address crunch many anticipate that it will accelerate. Most operating systems, devices, and ISPs are IPv6-ready, but user adoption has been slow.
As part of its commitment to promote IPv6 migration and support and facilitate the deployment of IPv6 in Lebanon, ISOC-LB established and IPv6 Task Force and organized a series of activities in 2012.
ISOC-LB Pv6 related activities:
Lebanon IPv6 Task Force Mandate:
Lebanon IPv6 RIPEness:
Lebanon IPv6 RIPEness went up from 3% to 62% in 1 year. IPv6 RIPEness is a rating system which awards stars to RIPE NCC members depending on how IPv6 ready they are. Stars are awarded for:
1 Star - Having an IPv6 allocation
2 Stars - Visibility in the Routing Information Service (RIS)
3 Stars - Having a route6 object in the RIPE Database
4 Stars - Having a reverse DNS delegation set up
But we cannot celebrate victory yet as Lebanon’s only gateway to the Internet is managed by OGERO and OGERO is still not IPv6 ready and we don’t know if they are investing any efforts towards that objective. So currently IPv6 connections out of Lebanon are all via IPv4 tunnel, not a sustainable solution if they will start to offer the service to their clients.
Also, Lebanon is still slightly lagging as compared to the global status as 48% of Lebanon’s LIRs don’t have an IPv6 allocation yet.
You may wonder what regular internet users can do to support the transition to IPv6:
As a platform for innovation and economic development, the Internet plays a critical role in the daily lives of billions. This momentum has not slowed and IPv6 adoption continues to skyrocket, fast establishing itself as the "new normal" and a must-have for any business with an eye towards the future.
For more information about companies that have deployed IPv6, as well as links to useful information for users and how other companies can participate in the continued deployment of IPv6, please visit: http://www.worldipv6launch.org
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