UAE spearheads IPv6 initiative

The UAE is looking to spearhead a region-wide transition from the aging IPv4 to IPv6. A task force has already been formed to help IT professionals deploy IPv6.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 10, 2005

The UAE is looking to spearhead a region-wide transition from the aging IPv4 to IPv6. A task force has already been formed to help IT professionals deploy IPv6, which promises unlimited address space to connect everyone and everything, stateless auto-configuration, seamless mobility, automated network management, mandatory security and new optional service levels. For the past twenty years the internet has been using IPv4, but it is showing signs of strain, especially in its limited address space and its fast depletion. “The world can not be developed without deploying IPv6. This protocol will be required for e-education, e-government, e-research, e-health, e-force and e-banking,” said Itidal Hasoon, general manager of Case Technology and co-chair of the Middle East & Africa Internet Protocol version 6 Task Force. “IPv6 will offer benefits that are not available in the old protocol [IPv4], like mobility, multicast, addresses, peer-to-peer applications, security and quality of services,” she added. Etisalat, Case Technology and the United Arab Emirates Internet Community appointed the UAE IPv6 Task Force to create awareness of IPv6. According to Hasoon, it is a non-profit organisation made up of technology members such as IT suppliers, decision makers, standardisation organisations, governmental sectors, educational sectors, universities and research centres. The mission of the IPv6 Task Force is to promote IPv6 and increase awareness of the protocol, provide professional training to help IPv6 deployments, and co-ordinate with other IPv6 Task Forces in the region and worldwide on planning, research and applications development. The inauguration of the local task force took place at the second Gulf IPv6 Summit in Abu Dhabi at the end of March. The IPv6 Task Force will act as a liaison with the international IPv6 Forum community. It will also be an open body for the industry from which it can develop global recommendations and education programmes. “IPv6 Task Force’s plan is to ensure that test beds and approvals are made in several stages, starting with providing the required bandwidth and IPv6 software and hardware products between telecom, service providers, universities, e-government and IT research centres,” Hasoon said. “Our pioneering efforts in helping the Gulf states’ transition to IPv6 has got off to a good start. This is a long-term process that will lead to the adoption of next generation applications and services, which will significantly impact the development of nations. My intention is to attract the leading companies in the region to work in collaboration with the various regional and international groups to put the UAE on the IPv6 map,” she added.

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