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UAE TRA to host IPv6 roadshow

Programme aims to ensure government departments are prepared for transition

Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA.
Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA.

The UAE's telecoms regulator, the TRA, is hosting an IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) roadshow for UAE government entities on September 8-12.

The event is designed to educate government employees about the importance of implementing IPv6. The training programme, which is being hosted at the TRA's Dubai office, will be provided by RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA, said that the roadshow is vital to the TRA's effort to implement the UAE's migration in Internet usage from IPv4 to IPv6.

"The timing of the training is significant primarily because of the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses," he said.

"By being proactive and scheduling cutting-edge training sessions, the UAE will have a wealth of government officials equipped with the necessary knowledge to support the healthy growth of the ICT sector. In turn, this will deliver an improved level of service for users in the UAE which is essentially our ultimate goal as the nation's regulator."

The TRA has invited 15 government entities to participate in the training programme with 30 government officials scheduled to attend. The TRA also confirmed plans to roll out a series of additional training courses in the coming months to ensure the nation's networks are prepared ahead of time for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

The current Internet Protocol (IPv4) address system is rapidly depleting. IPv6 is the replacement, a new version of the protocol that has a much larger pool of addresses. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is a cause for global concern however, as the process is complex and technically intensive. Since the two systems are not compatible, in order to prevent the disruption of Internet usage all parts of the Internet need to start to use IPv6 in parallel with IPv4 before the latter can be withdrawn.

The ultimate goal of the IPv6 training is to relay to participants the importance of adopting this latest Internet protocol in their networks and to help build technical capacities to accommodate the various applications and services.

Enabling participants to gain practical expertise in handling IPv6, the TRA will also provide a virtual laboratory for the group allowing them to prepare networks and test their settings as per the global scenarios. Covering IPv6 transition mechanisms, routing, addressing and security issues, the IPv6 training programme will also include important modules on IPv6 monitoring, security, access, servers and applications.