By Patrick Barnard
TMCnet Assignment Editor
As it continues on its bold mission to promote IPv6 throughout the world, the IPv6 Forum has announced the opening of another location, this time in Israel.
This means Israel will join the many countries now represented in the forum ... countries which are pushing for IPv6 for the purpose of enhancing e-commerce, improving network security, handling increasing IP communications and paving the way for new Web technologies.
IPv6 is the next generation protocol which will create almost limitless IP addresses for the Internet. It succeeds the current protocol, IPv4, which is expected to run out of available addresses during the next 10 to 20 years. IPv6 is already in use on other parts of the world, including South Korea, China and Japan. Advantages include improved security, reduced need for NAT, and true peer-to-peer networking (thus resulting in more efficient use of bandwidth).
IPv6 holds great promise for IP communications as it will facilitate true peer-to-peer communications without the need to invest in additional infrastructure. With IPv6, it is possible for every device on a network - including any wireless device - to have its own IP address. It is anticipated that there will 17 billion devices installed on the Internet worldwide by 2012 [Source: IDC Estimates, 2004].
IPv6 was created a decade ago by the IETF to thwart the anticipated address space crunch with IPv4. IPv6 uses a 128-bit addressing scheme, whereas IPv4 uses a 32-bit addressing scheme. Other advantages of IPv6 include built-in security via IPSec, easier administration and finer-grained QoS.
The overall goal of the IPv6 Forum is to promote deployment and swifter uptake of the new protocol - with support from industrial, educational and research communities, as well as government agencies.
“The IPv6 Forum Israel is bringing IPv6 to Israel to extend to its national Internet community a strong voice and legitimate representation in the new Internet world to enable equal access to knowledge and education on New Generation Internet technologies and create keen interest in deploying IPv6 for the national good,” said Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum president, in a press release.
Limor Schafman, founding president of IPv6 Forum Israel said “this New Internet is a focus of hundreds of millions of dollars in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.”
“China has declared its intention to have the foremost information infrastructure in the world by 2008 and IPv6 is one of the avenues it is specifically pursuing to achieve that goal,” Schafman said. “There is no reason that a recognized technological innovator such as Israel, should not take a lead in the adoption and implementation of this protocol and the application benefits it can bring. Europe and the United States are also adopting the protocol, with the US Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget mandating that information products and services be IPv6 compliant by 2008. Time is of the essence for education and the development of transition strategies. The IPv6 Forum Israel will provide the resources to enable the Israeli government, military, infrastructure and commercial companies understand what IPv6 offers and how they can begin and execute on the adoption process.”
In other news, the IPv6 Forum is gearing up to present its 2006 IPv6 Summit in Taiwan, to be held Aug. 1-3, 2006, at the NTUH International Convention Centre. The theme of this year’s summit is “IPv6 : Heading to Ubiquitous Network Society.” The annual event marks the milestones in the development and deployment of IPv6 in Taiwan.
This year’s Summit will include a one-day tutorial organized by National llan University and Cisco, as well as a two-day summit and three-day exhibition at NTUH International Convention Centre, Taipei. The IPv6 Summit in Taiwan will provide an opportunity to the whole IPv6 community for learning and communication.
In addition to the summit in Taiwan, the IPv6 Forum will also be holding the IPv6 Forum Pakistan, Aug. 5-6, 2006, in Karachi and Islamabad.
The IPv6 Forum and its 35 worldwide affiliates are embarking on a large-scale promotion plan in the emerging nations. Pakistan is the newest country to join this initiative with the creation of the IPv6 Forum Pakistan under the leadership of Shurjeel Tahir, Salman Asadullah and Yusuf Bhaiji.
The IPv6 Forum Pakistan will be launched during the two IPv6 Summits organized in Karachi and Islamabad by the Networkers Society of Pakistan (NSP), which is closely working with the leaders of the IPv6 Forum and the IPv6 Forum Pakistan. The event is being sponsored by Cisco.
For more information about the IPv6 Forum Israel, visit www.IPv6Forum-Israel.com.
For more information about the IPv6 Forum, in general, visit www.IPv6Forum.com.
Patrick Barnard is Associate Editor for TMCnet and a columnist covering the telecom industry. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.