APEC TEL Ministers encourage transition to IPv6

The heads of the Asia Pacific and European Regional Internet Registries, APNIC and the RIPE NCC, Paul Wilson and Axel Pawlik, shared opinions about the status of IPv6 deployment in the Asia Pacific region during the 9th Telecommunications and Information Ministerial Meeting (TELMIN9), in St Petersburg on 7 and 8 August 2012.

APNIC has been a guest of the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL) since 2009. APEC TEL focuses on the implementation of critical objectives for the regional ICT sector, including capacity building, security and prosperity, development, and liberalization.

The APEC TEL forum established a clear understanding on the importance of IPv6 in 2010 and has provided continuous support in deploying IPv6 across the region through public and private sector partnerships. The work of APEC TEL is reviewed and future plans of action determined at the TELMIN meetings.

At TELMIN9, APNIC representatives will also conduct a series of bilateral meetings with key regional governments to address issues such as Internet Governance, IPv6 adoption, and other relevant matters to be discussed in the upcoming ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications and the World Telecommunications and Policy Forum.

The APEC Telecommunications and Information Ministerial Meeting will conclude with the adoption of the St Petersburg Declaration, which will outline the results of activities of the TEL Working Group during the past two years and highlight its future development prospects.